Short essays on teaching

Many of the short essays listed below are adapted from posting I made in a course weblog (blog) for CS 251 in Fall 2003.

Ten survival tips
A few simple ideas to enable you to make the most of your undergraduate degree.
A selective history of the CS undergraduate curriculum
What I discovered by going through old calendars.
On using old exams
Why it might not be a good idea to look at past exams for the course you're taking.
On the stuff of which dreams are made
What are the anxiety dreams of an instructor like?
On student evaluations of instructors
Students in UW Math/CS courses have the chance to fill out anonymous evaluations in the last few weeks of classes. What good does this do?
On course notes
"Course notes" are packaged and sold at the bookstore. What are they, and why might they not be a good idea?
On adjusting final marks
Describes the process of arriving at final marks.
On anticipating the first lecture
An instructor's point of view when contemplating the first lecture.
On attending lectures
Why it might be a good idea for students to attend lectures.
On instructors
A description of the sorts of people who are instructors for courses.
On the distribution of midterm marks
What does it mean to have a "good distribution" of midterm marks? What are the effects of a "bad distribution"?
On plagiarism
Why it's not a good idea, apart from the penalties involved.
On having pictures of students
How did that instructor know your name?
On how teaching assignments are done
The mysterious process by which your instructor is assigned.
On teaching assistants
About the graduate students who are assigned to assist instructors.
On teaching computer science
Those who can't teach, teach CS?
On the use of technology in the classroom
The point of view of a reluctant user.
On full-time undergraduate tutors
Strengths and weaknesses of this unique UW CS institution.