Get Ready for Some Gramming*

I just finished reading a fascinating book (No Filter by Sarah Frier) about the history of Instagram, and it motivated me to start posting to my Instagram account. I had made a post to Instagram several years ago, but then I somehow lost my account info since I never used it, so I had to … Continue reading Get Ready for Some Gramming*

A New Job for K-8 Teachers – Spot the Narcissist

Thanks to Adam Grant for sharing this research study. Researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Texas conducted, to their knowledge, the first study of the relationship between narcissism levels and various aspects of leadership in children. They first assessed narcissism levels using the Childhood Narcissism Scale and assessed leadership emergence in … Continue reading A New Job for K-8 Teachers – Spot the Narcissist

Thank Heaven for Engineers

I'm sure everyone has heard of the ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal last week. One of my first thoughts when I heard about the crisis was: this is a job for engineers. This is the sort of thing they thrive on - solving problems. One of my regrets is that I did … Continue reading Thank Heaven for Engineers

Wonder What College Kids Do On a Friday Night These Days?

I fondly remember my Friday nights in college. There was no studying going on, and there was definitely no scrolling through social media. It often involved going to a party somewhere, and having a beer or two. Of course, this was all before Facebook came on the scene, and certainly there were no worries about … Continue reading Wonder What College Kids Do On a Friday Night These Days?

The Spotlight Effect – Part Two: Forget About Your Bad Hair Day

I first wrote about the spotlight effect back in 2019. Simply put, this refers to the fact that all of us pay a lot more attention to ourselves than other people pay to us. Dan Ariely casts the spotlight on this phenomenon again this week with the following letter: Dear Dan, In an effort to … Continue reading The Spotlight Effect – Part Two: Forget About Your Bad Hair Day

Music Monday: A Unique Way to Teach the Basics of Accounting

If you came here thinking you were going to see me sing something related to accounting, you are mistaken. But, that's a good thing. Accounting might be painful enough for many people, but then hearing me sing about accounting could push people right over the edge. So I came across this video that some students … Continue reading Music Monday: A Unique Way to Teach the Basics of Accounting

Thank Heaven My Students Check My Work…

It was time to turn in mid-term grades, and I went with a very simple grading rubric: 20% of quiz one 20% of quiz two 60% of test one I downloaded all of the student grades from our online class management system (Blackboard) into Excel, and created my simple grading formula. I then converted each … Continue reading Thank Heaven My Students Check My Work…

I’m Betting (Literally) the NCAA Selection Committee Knows What It Is Doing

It was late Thursday afternoon, and my picks for March Madness were due early the next day. As I wrote in a previous post, I haven't really paid much attention to college basketball this year, so my picks were going to end up being completely random. So I decided to go with the quickest, most … Continue reading I’m Betting (Literally) the NCAA Selection Committee Knows What It Is Doing

WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well

I've briefly mentioned Godwin's Law before, an Internet adage which asserts that "as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler becomes more likely. (Wikipedia) I was thinking about that today as I was reading a few stories in the Wall Street Journal. After reading the articels I would then … Continue reading WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well

Congrats to This Year’s College Freshmen

It's been quite a year, for all of us. It's hard to think of anyone who has not been affected in some way by the global pandemic of COVID-19. From the elderly, to the health care workers, to the unemployed, to the families with young school age children, this past year has disrupted our lives. … Continue reading Congrats to This Year’s College Freshmen