Podcast Episode 2: Flipping and Failure With Jim Rolf

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In this episode we talk with Jim Rolf from the Yale Math Department about flipping classes, the role of failure in the classroom and why it is that we teach.

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Show Notes

0:00 Intro

1:10 Teaching at the Air Force Academy (Don’t you wish your students would salute you?)

2:10 Teaching integral calculus at Yale

3:00 Comparing instructors

3:48 When students are lulled into complacency

6:32 How is your course different from year to year?

7:28 What would the perfect class look like?

8:20 Testing for competence, proficiency and mastery

10:19 What’s the biggest recent change in your teaching?

13:02 Do the students read the textbook?

15:16 Do our students perform better than they did before?

16:25 How do you know when a new teaching idea works?

16:47 Learning objectives are no walk in the park

18:20 Longitudinal analysis

20:17 Is a ‘good’ easy class a good thing?

21:50 Jim asks: Do good ideas emerge from bad ones?

23:13 Earning ‘failure points’

23:43 Student aversion to failure; peer instruction

24:30 Is teaching a performance of learning?

25:49 Asking students to read one truly awful paper

26:36 Encouraging failure through anonymity

27:57 Are Yale students perfect?

29:54 Identifying students with problems early on

32:30 Studying your own teaching with surveys and focus groups

34:32 What was your biggest failure in the classroom?

38:42 How did you become a teacher?

41:02 Teaching as service and as a fun activity

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