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Dave Mulder
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I teach. I learn. I teach teachers how to keep learning.
I teach. I learn. I teach teachers how to keep learning.

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Feedback: Timely, Specific, and Actionable
It has been an incredibly busy season of writing for me lately. My dissertation is coming together, and in fact, I have finished writing all five chapters! That doesn't mean the work is complete, however. There are ongoing edits, and then the preparation fo...

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Unteachable
I had a former student--who is now in graduate school herself, and serving as an instructor--message me today with a fascinating question: Is there such a thing as a student that is unteachable? My immediate, almost instinctive reaction was, "Of course not!...

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Unteachable
I had a former student--who is now in graduate school herself, and serving as an instructor--message me today with a fascinating question: Is there such a thing as a student that is unteachable? My immediate, almost instinctive reaction was, "Of course not!...

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Truth and Facts
In my Science Methods class today, we spent much of our time discussing the difference between "facts" and "truth." This feels so germane to so many issues in culture today that it was really something I wanted to talk about--and, serendipitously, it was on...

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Concerns About the Future of American Education: Betsy DeVos
Senate confirmation proceedings for Betsy DeVos--the nominee for Secretary of Education--are underway. DeVos is a polarizing figure, it seems. I have talked with a few people who think she is an amazing choice for Secretary of Education. But, from others, I...

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Science as a Story: Promoting Cognitive Dissonance
I have to confess, I really like messing with my students. I mean, I really  enjoy getting them to think about things in a new way, to reframe their previous thinking, to not just think-outside-the-box but knock-it-to-pieces-and-build-a-new-box. I had one o...

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Ending Up Where I Need to Be
I recently saw this quote on Twitter. It's a good one from science fiction writer, Douglas Adams: This resonated with me. The quote comes from Adams' book, The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul . (I'll warn you off of reading it, unless you like quirky, British...

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It's About the Outcome
One of the fantastic future teachers I have had the privilege of teaching this past fall tweeted this to me just after Christmas... @d_mulder yo, heard a quote and thought you'd like it. "Teaching isn't about the income, it's about the outcome." — Lexi (@Le...

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Stifling Genius?
I read this article from Scientific American today, entitled " How to Raise a Genius: Lessons from a 45-Year Study of Supersmart Children. " The article begins with the story of Julian Stanley, a psychometrician and professor at Johns Hopkins who began a st...

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Liturgical Christmas
A (belated) merry Christmas to you! I hope it was a happy time of celebrating for you. I have not always loved the Christmas season. There have been years where the commercialization I see this time of year entirely overshadowed my joy of celebrating Christ...
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