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 on: Today at 06:21:39 pm 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by paddington_bear
Puppy has chewed through my laptop's power cord. I can add that to the other items he's chewed up: pillows; sweat pants; socks; sweatshirt; potholder.

*read 100a drafts
*class 100b prep
*read class 1 disc papers

*class 100a prep
*class 1 prep
*read at least 5 class 1 papers
*finish 100b prep

semester goals
finish revisions to NP by mid-Dec
finish WH by mid-Dec
read for fun on weekends
reinforce puppy training
keep desktop windows to a minimum

 on: Today at 06:18:44 pm 
Started by terpsichore - Last post by merinoblue
This thread is killing me, because I am supposed to be banting. I just love pasta (which partly explains why I have to bant). I love pasta for pasta's sake. In my book, good pasta needs very little accompaniment. I have never gone to the lengths of making my own, but I buy the best brand I can find and I add plenty of salt and some crushed and chopped fresh garlic to the cooking water -- it makes all the difference.

My favorite is linguine or spaghetti with a simple cream sauce. Heat the cream and as soon as it starts to simmer, remove from the heat and quickly stir in an egg yolk to thicken it. Flavor with a pinch of salt, plenty of black pepper and a grating of nutmeg. Add the pasta, toss well to coat and serve topped with shavings of parmesan. And that's it. Divine.

And now, back to banting...

Are you best at banting?  I know; that's a shot in the dark.

 on: Today at 06:17:45 pm 
Started by t_folk - Last post by merinoblue
The things that I do just don't matter
I made a pound cake with no batter

 on: Today at 06:14:16 pm 
Started by t_folk - Last post by merinoblue
The lonely elk miss DvF.

 on: Today at 06:00:01 pm 
Started by overthejordan - Last post by cc_alan
Les Miles fired.

What are the benefits to firing a coach during the season especially when they could have done it at the end of last season but chose not to? The new coach could have started rebuilding this year but now they lose this year and the rebuilding starts next year.

 on: Today at 05:58:18 pm 
Started by heybeerman - Last post by marshwiggle

Of course, at that time, a college degree typically indicated that you were literate and numerate without any 'accommodations.'

More importantly, a much smaller number of people had them so they identified a segment of the population that stood apart from the masses.

I am very grateful that my loved ones who fell into some of the above categories did not encounter instructors who mentally put their very necessary accommodations in air quotes. These are people with real challenges AND real abilities, and the accommodations allowed them to manage the former, in order to realize the latter. They needed - and got - excellent instruction and support. It sounds like in your classroom, they would have found nothing but contempt. That's shameful.

No, most of these accommodations didn't exist in the good old days - one of many reasons why they weren't, in fact, the good old days.

As I've stated many times, many of the students I get who are identified as "special needs" turn out to be excellent students. Many I wouldn't have guessed had I not gotten the official notification.  However, there are a minority,  (20% perhaps?), who I'm not sure are helped by the accommodations. I'm talking about students who don't come to class for weeks at a time and who don't hand in work. At the very least, they should be limited to something like 1 course a term, and perhaps closely monitored for attendance. Usually the people who work in the special needs office have no idea how many classes they've missed, and believe they're just a little behind and can catch up quickly. (This is true no matter how many courses they've handled the same way.) To be clear, these aren't students with physical health issues; those students tend to take reduced course loads and have realistic ideas about what they can manage. Whatever issues these students have (anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, etc.), no classroom accommodations are going to solve their academic problems, and allowing them to limp along ineffectively isn't helping them in the long run.

 on: Today at 05:46:06 pm 
Started by Keilantra - Last post by Keilantra
I did read it, and understand it. I'd be more than happy to entertain a philosophical discourse on the topic of cultural appropriation, including the acceptance of the commercialization of my ancestor's culture starting with the Brothers Grimm versus the way a culture can survive potential extinction by immortalization in stories, but it's really going to derail the thread.

It's also a moot point. In order to satisfy an audience that demands increasing diversity in stories, I have to portray a wide array of characters, but at the same time they don't want me using cultural references to enliven my story. It would be a disservice to put in a Native person and make them culturally "white", but they also don't want me to try to make them culturally Native because I'm not Native. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. I can face the criticism of whitewashing my story, or I can face the criticism of daring to try to include other cultures I may not be portraying well enough.

So what I've decided to do is create a story. A fictional story, mind. A story that includes many different types of people in the most respectful and decent way I can. Individual characters, not just representatives of a culture. People with strengths and flaws and weird idiosyncrasies because they're freaking wizards. I'll have to find sensitivity readers (if I can) for a number of cultures. But in the end, it's my story to tell. I'll take the blame for anything I write anyway, so I'm gonna own it.

I appreciate your concern on the topic, and understand it. I'm really only paying it so much attention in these couple posts so you realize I'm well aware of the problem and have thought in depth on my decisions.

 on: Today at 05:19:15 pm 
Started by spork - Last post by fizmath
My experience has been that students with the highest GPA's avoid hard classes, drop classes to avoid getting anything less than an A and then fight and appeal any loss of points in class.  Cough, cough...pre-med... cough cough.

 on: Today at 05:18:47 pm 
Started by spork - Last post by marshwiggle
With all this fretting and fussing and hand-wringing about JOBS and CAREERS, has anyone bothered to look at correlations between college GPAs and career outcomes? Here are some testable hypotheses:

*Students who graduate with a 3.6 GPA or above are more likely to be employed or in a graduate program that will lead to a career path a year or two out than students with lower GPAS.

*Students with high GPAs in majors that have a broad grade distribution are more likely to be successful than students with the same GPAs in majors with narrow and high grade distributions.

*Students who have succeeded in difficult majors while doing more than the minimum (i.e., taking an extra capstone, doing additional writing courses, adding labs) are more likely to have success than students who haven't.

This is the unpleasant paradox that people don't want to hear. There is no universal solution because success comes from not being like everyone else. In other words, if you and your peers are all engaged in the same quest for success in the same way, then it won't work. You have to outperform your peers, the more ways you can do that the better. This is why across-the-board changes such as reducing homework, are pointless;  if the whole class gets the same break, they are all still equally employable (or not). It's the person who goes beyond the rest who will succeed. Paradoxically, this is an unpopular message because it sounds "undemocratic", even though each person can (and must) take their own path to uniqueness.

 on: Today at 05:15:50 pm 
Started by taben - Last post by protoplasm
I funnel all emails to a single gmail account when I have more than one.

I've done it that way and found it easier to leave them sorted by logging into each campus account when I get to it. Either way the college is scheming  to solve a problem that they choose for themselves (your being part-time) by making it your problem. That is, you are available for consultation with the same frequency as a full time faculty member.

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