What to know about what you don’t know you know. #1: Intuition is very efficient—if you don't overthink it.
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Mitchell M. Handelsman Ph.D.
"Sonder" is a new word, not (yet) listed in traditional dictionaries. Just having a word helps me think about this feeling and its relationship to other aspects of existence.
Like any virtue, students can develop too much prudence. This can lead to ethical paralysis, the feeling like any professional action involves too much risk.
College is an investment—and like any investment, you want to maximize your return. However, there is more to college than “seat time.”
There’s a plastic pumpkin filled with candy on the little table near the front door of our house. Should I take some candy, or not?
Should I give students sample papers to read before they embark on their own writing assignments?
A large percentage of students will experience some mental health issues—anywhere from mild feelings of anxiety and depression to serious mental illness.
What words of encouragement and wisdom can inspire students to persevere, to hold compassion for themselves, and to have faith that they will succeed over the coming year?
I’m writing about a new wrinkle on a traditional learning method: Flash cards. This innovation was developed by the students in my graduate course on teaching.
I conduct a Teaching Skills Workshop for doctoral students. To motivate them to consider teaching in their careers, here are the reasons I'll share with them on our first day.
Once upon a time, during office hours, three potential transfer students walk into my office. They want to complete their degree at my school.
Over the years, the students in my ethics courses have had a lot of complaints. Let me address just one.
There I was, walking down the street, minding my own business, when I saw it.
Think of students as drivers, and learning as driving.
When I get a set of papers to read, I think about which ones to read first. It’s a very deep question for me, a problem of human motivation. Bring ‘em on!
Online college courses are a national trend. Like most trends, however, some folks jump on the bandwagon without considering potential pitfalls. Today I present two of them.
Reflections of a new department chair taking stock at the start of a new year.
Professors talk a lot about the importance of students knowing what they want to get out of college. Professors should also have reasons for their teaching decisions.
Most of us have probably heard, or said, some variation of this: “I’m going to do the right thing because I’ll sleep better at night.” That may not be true!
Let’s take a look at the Socratic Method through the lens of ethics.
One mistake I’ve encountered frequently in student papers is the assumption that because an argument is plausible, it is true. Here's how to spot the plausibility fallacy.
I believe that ethics can be taught, but the method is key. Here are three active learning techniques that lend themselves well to teaching graduate students.
One of the oldest traditions in psychotherapy training is to undergo mandatory personal psychotherapy. Let’s take a look at some ethical issues involved.
When people stop thinking too soon, they are more prone to learn less, make bad ethical decisions, teach badly, and experience a myriad of other bad outcomes.
Here's a case to ponder of a difficult interaction between a professor and student. See what you think.
Sternberg wrote: "My entire future trajectory changed, as a result of just one teacher."
Little is known about the association between physician stress and ethical errors like boundary violations or lack of professionalism in the workplace.
How do we know that some journals are fake? One way to provide evidence would be to gather empirical data and that's just what several researchers did.
Now is the time to bolster motivation by reminding myself of some important virtues.
The emails started a number of years ago, and have been appearing in my inbox more and more frequently. What's going on? Fake science.
Let's say a professional engages in unethical behavior. Here are six possible excuses (assuming the behavior did happen) that may not work so well: 1. Everybody does it....
Mitchell M. Handelsman, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Colorado Denver.