Learning assessment, Finnish style

I am trying to find new, innovative, and useful models for assessing higher learning in student work.  I also seek formative assessment through self-reflection upon my own performance as a teacher-facilitator. Five purposes of mathematics assessment have been outlined by Kulm (1994) as the following: improving instruction and learning, evaluating student progress, providing feedback forContinue reading “Learning assessment, Finnish style”

Spicy-hot Thai Isan food near the University

Isan food comes from NE Thailand.  I am so glad there is a great place to enjoy super spicy larb kai and other larbs right across the street from the Ramkhamhaeng University in central Bangkok where I have been fortunate to teach for one month each year! https://www.eatingthaifood.com/isaan-food-ramkhamhaeng/ A central Bangkok add-on to an ongoingContinue reading “Spicy-hot Thai Isan food near the University”

A Beginner’s Mentality in Teaching

I am teaching a short term course for South Bay Adult School in Manhattan Beach, California, Beginning Screenplay Writing, for the next four weeks.  The course website gives an overview of the course content and approach.  I will apply this same model when I go to teach in Karachi, Bangkok, and Shanghai.  Always having aContinue reading “A Beginner’s Mentality in Teaching”

Wisely and earnestly: I keep trying to remember this idea

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. – Buddha’s Wise Words that I emulate to the best of my ability.

Why do people read?

I assume the most basic explanation or response to the question: why do people read? is that reading is a likable activity for the most part.  It yields good results.  But to question, Why do people read, wondering about reading and deeper learning by students from a critical perspective–this is a personal effort to improveContinue reading “Why do people read?”

Transmedia Storytelling

I am finding opportunities and work in a new field of teaching (new, for myself)—Transmedia Storytelling.  I am supposed to teach this subject so it’s a good time to define what transmedia storytelling is, and how students can learn from it.  I found this good article that helps as an introduction.  I am looking forwardContinue reading “Transmedia Storytelling”

Malaria Info by Country

I’m planning for upcoming trips to Karachi Pakistan, Shanghai, Bangkok and farming areas in central Thailand, and the Philippines in the southern areas of Siquijor and Bukidnon, at least.  Looks like I’ll be taking CHLOROQUINE in the foreseeable future.  I must avoid malaria (and dengue) at all costs without going paranoid.  I must do moreContinue reading “Malaria Info by Country”

Rainbow Millet Tabbouleh

In Place of Other Grains: Rainbow Millet Tabbouleh Millet is capable of doing the job of pretty much any other grain. For example, tabbouleh is usually made with bulgur but a gluten-free version can be made with millet. It’s delicious by itself or served with your favorite Mediterranean dishes. The different colored vegetables give itContinue reading “Rainbow Millet Tabbouleh”

Some Sagitarian things about me that I should improve

I recently read that Sagitarian folks like me share these characteristics in our relationships: 1. You can’t deal with attention-seeking partners. 2. You are too blunt with your words. 3. You lose interest too easily. 4. You don’t respect other people’s boundaries and personal lines. 5. You make promises that are bigger than you. 6.Continue reading “Some Sagitarian things about me that I should improve”

What are some of the beautiful natural wonders in Iran?

My bucket list of places to visit in Iran, with this mini-list focusing on the natural environment: Kaluts, Kerman Keshit canyon, Kerman Hormoz colorful landscapes, Persian Gulf Yalan great dunes, Kerman Bisheh waterfall, Lorestan Badabsourt, Mazandaran Arasbaran forests, Tabriz Damavand peak, Tehran Tabas kaleh jenni, Yazd Alisadr cave, Hamedan

What kind of teacher am I?

I will describe a little bit about my most recent classes and describe the process of work, learning and output that are expected. I find myself as a sort of wandering teacher (21st century Erasmus?) so I teach sometimes in California at Marymount California University (MCU) and other times (1x or 2x per year) inContinue reading “What kind of teacher am I?”

Teaching an online course

In Bangkok, at the Institute for International Studies at Ramkhamhaeng University, I am trying to integrate online learning in my classroom teaching.  This integration is a challenge on several levels, but is effective and worthwhile.  My ability and success are a work in progress, but my intention is to apply experiential and integrate learning theoryContinue reading “Teaching an online course”

Mozart, Brahms and Duke Ellington

EVIDENCE OF ELLINGTON’s GENIUS WITH WIND INSTRUMENTS LISTEN: THE MOOCHE One of the most wise and effective teachers I ever had was Maestro Mehli Mehta.  Maestro Mehta said very wise things most of the time, but this one gem was particularly great.  He said “there are three great composers for wind instruments.  Mozart (no dispute),Continue reading “Mozart, Brahms and Duke Ellington”

Is America declining?

Is America declining?  This is a question that we are compelled to consider. READ HERE According to the Brookings Institution, here are the arguments in favor of America as a place of positive growth, not decline: First of all, it is difficult to determine at present whether the difficulties faced by the United States duringContinue reading “Is America declining?”

Benjamin Franklin’s 13 steps to moral perfection (based on an 18th century concept of self that is no longer an ontological precept in our skeptical times)

One of my all-time heroes, Benjamin Franklin, was 20 when he designed a list of 13 virtues that he felt could lead him to moral perfection. This is an interesting read about Franklin’s virtues.  CLICK HERE Personally, I appreciated the usefulness of the chart illustrating Franklin’s virtues in comparison with Bushido and Aristotelean virtues. IContinue reading “Benjamin Franklin’s 13 steps to moral perfection (based on an 18th century concept of self that is no longer an ontological precept in our skeptical times)”

My reflections on Monsanto, the havoc and the rumors

Recently I have been reflecting deeply about my previous work experience many years ago for the giant corporation called Monsanto.  In 1994, a personal time of underemployment and high risk taking by myself, I found a way to be paid for making an educational and promotional documentary in the mountains of central Mindanao island inContinue reading “My reflections on Monsanto, the havoc and the rumors”

Is Gross National Happiness a form of GDP?

I am learning about Gross National Happiness as the guiding philosophy of Bhutan, so that search probably led me to this amazing long term chart of GDP.  I guess we in the USA are on an upward trajectory and nearing highs in terms of GDP.  What does GNH have to do with GDP?  Is thisContinue reading “Is Gross National Happiness a form of GDP?”