News Roundup: Pushing New Math Paths and Learning From Mistakes

The White House’s new plan for community colleges and how to handle final exam season. 

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In search of affirmation. With so much personal feedback focused on pointing out and fixing errors, it’s important to also call attention to the good things that students are doing, a lecturer writes. (Pedagogy Unbound)  

Reading, writing and teaching.An instructor lists the most seminal books that influenced him as a writing teacher. (The Vitae Bookshelf)

Pushing new math paths. Some prominent mathematicians want to overhaul the undergraduate curriculum for their discipline. (Inside Higher Ed)

Mind the gap. A new report on inequity finds that bachelors degree attainment is up across the board, but the most affluent students still earn the vast majority of degrees. (Education Dive)

From access to success. Many community colleges are reorganizing and reinventing themselves with a goal of improving student achievement of outcomes. (University Business)

The end is near. From final exams to flashy finales, there’s a range of ways instructors implement effective assessment techniques at the end of the term. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Practices Worth Considering?Worried that “best practices” is interpreted too literally by some educators, a professor proposes more understated verbiage. (Hybrid Pedagogy)

Community reach. The White House announced plans for competitive grants to spur more tuition-free community college programs. (The Hill)

Mistakes make us. A writer reflects on her graduate school experience, concluding that she should have focused more on her teaching craft. (Chronicle Vitae)

Primary promises. The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign has included sweeping proposals to fix funding for public universities, but their sway will likely be more limited in office. (The Atlantic)

“I want people to know I am here.” Muted by autism, a junior at Tulane University is finding his voice as a writer. (Associated Press)

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