Category Archives: teaching

Helicopter vs snowplow

Working in the dean’s office has given me all sorts of new respect for the Dean of Students office. Specifically, I’ve been very impressed at how they leverage students’ parents when helping the students get through tough times. My experience … Continue reading

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Critical Disagreement

I’m just wrapping up my time spent at a really great conference that’s all about the First-Year Experience for students in college. I’ve got lots of thoughts running through my head, including lots of cool ideas for a large part … Continue reading

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No connections

Driving home today I heard a great story on NPR. I liked it so much that I thought I’d put it here to remind myself about it. I might have forgotten some of the details, but I think I still … Continue reading

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Snow wave

Earlier today I posted this pic and asked a question about it on twitter: What determines the wavelength of the snow pattern? pic.twitter.com/KqPKla2IIJ — Andy Rundquist (@arundquist) December 10, 2017 If you click through you’ll see lots of great ideas. … Continue reading

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Crowd-prioritized questions for speakers

This past week I tried an experiment during a major speaking engagement on my campus. This was our annual “Commitment to Community” address by the fabulous Kemba Smith. We had her on campus for a day and she interacted with … Continue reading

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Helium whistling

Earlier today my son asked me a question I didn’t know the answer to. So I took to twitter: son asked if inhaling He raises you whistle. I say yes but I'm not sure. Anyone know? — Andy Rundquist (@arundquist) … Continue reading

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Non-majors teaching tools

This January I’m teaching a 4-wk intensive course called “Hamline Mythbusters”. On the first day of class I verified my assumption: this would be the last science class ever taken by nearly the whole class. They’re almost entirely seniors (the … Continue reading

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