Oct 09, 2012

Where I Share

I have been meaning to write this post for the past couple of weeks. Like most other people, I am constantly experimenting with different ways to publish and share my thoughts and engage with social networking. Lately, I have settled into what feels like an “end state” workflow1. I ...

Oct 01, 2012

What Can Management Do? iOS6 Maps Monday-Morning Quarterbacking

Philip Elmer-DeWitt has suggested the iOS6 Maps debacle falls on the shoulders of Scott Forstall1. When I first read the piece, I felt like it was unfair to blame management for this kind of failure. In my experience, the Maps application is wonderful software. The turn-by-turn directions are elegant ...

Oct 01, 2012

Thoughts on Grit

I have not had the opportunity to read Paul Tough’s newest book on “grit”2. I have, however, read Paul Tough’s New York Times Magazine article on grit and recently listened to an EconTalk podcast where he discussed How Children Succeed.

The thrust of Tough’s argument, if ...

Sep 19, 2012

Thoughts on Grading

Bruno is a skeptic on standards-based grading. He seems to think that “mastery of content” is too abstract for students to work toward and rightly cites evidence that motivation and changed behavior are tightly linked to a sense of efficacy, which in turn is tightly linked to feeling as though ...

Aug 22, 2012

There must be an easier way… survey questions in R

So I have this great little custom function I’ve used when looking at survey data in R. I call this function pull(). The goal of pull() is to quickly produce frequency tables with n sizes from individual-level survey data.

Before using pull(), I create a big table that includes ...