Response: Michigan Fails Students with Poor Teacher Prep

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October 15th, 2013

Mike Posthumus

This weekend my mother handed me a newspaper (what’s this?) and requested that I read the full-page full-color article: “Michigan Fails Students with Poor Teacher Prep.” As an employee of GVSU’s College of Education I was excited to learn the ways the exemplary teacher education programs throughout Michigan were failingContinue Reading +

Responses to “Practicing Democracy”

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October 10th, 2013

David Bair

Please use this forum to discuss Westhieimer’s article “Practicing Democracy.” (This can be found in the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Colleagues, pages 12-18.) For those of you who are in my EDF 315 course, think about how Westheimer’s position compares with the readings from the textbook. How would you applyContinue Reading +

Where should we focus our efforts?

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May 31st, 2012

During the Second World War, Allied bombers were sustaining heavy damage from flak and bullets while flying missions over Germany. Many of these bombers failed to return to their bases in Britain. A study was conducted of the damage done to the planes that did make it back which resultedContinue Reading +

When is it okay to use a calculator?

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April 17th, 2012

All too often, I run into teachers (both preservice and inservice) lamenting that kids are using calculators to compute something simple, like 6 x 7. These teachers express their frustration by threatening to not let kids use any calculators until the kids prove that they know their facts. And thereContinue Reading +

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Learning Redesigned: Can Gamification Save Higher Education?

A thought provoking article on how video games can fill a perceived gap in higher education. The article also nicely addresses a technological angle and how video games are an under-utilized piece of technology in higher education. The article can be found here.


What’s your opinion on video games and higher education?





Why I Let My Students Cheat on Their Game Theory Exam

A UCLA professor allows his students to cheat on his game theory exam, he even allowed bribery without reporting it to the dean (although he would not actually accept the bribes). Taking a flipped classroom one step further, this professor decided to flip his test. He gave his students one week to prepare, access, and bring all of the intellectual tools necessary to complete the most difficult exam he’s ever given. The end result is a learning experience that helped his students truly understand game theory itself. Check out this great article detailing this innovative evaluation strategy.

Increasing Parental Involvement


Parents and teachers working together are crucial components in supporting children’s academic success. Consistency in a child-learning environment from parents and
teachers results in better attendance and homework habits (Quigley, 2000). The general literature reflects the kinds of parent involvement as including attending parent teacher conferences, telephone and written home-school communications, attending school functions, parents serving as classroom volunteers, homework assistance/tutoring, home educational enrichment, and parent involvement in decision making and other aspects of school governance (Cotton and Wikelund, 1989). Continue Reading +

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