Eyetrack III

Tips Using blurbs with headlines rather than headlines-only seems to help disperse interest throughout a homepage (down the page). Recognize that a list of headlines-only high on the page might not get people to look as much on lower portions of the page. The use of blurbs does not appear to affect the number of clicks per headline — it just redistributes the clicks. If you have some stories that…

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Exams: Hard vs. Unfair

Exams: Hard vs. UnfairĀ (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) As students got their first look at the final exam for “American Lit 1800-1915″ the other day, a few gasped, “This is hard!” One student shushed the others. “It’s not all that hard if you think before you write.” Our classroom culture was open and friendly enough that the gasping and the shushing was just normal banter. The shusher had obviously figured out that…

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A Nation of Wimps

“She’s somewhat neurotic,” he confides, “but she is bright, organized and conscientious–the type who’d get to school to turn in a paper on time, even if she were dying of stomach flu.” He finally found the disability he was to make allowances for: difficulty with Gestalt thinking. The 13-year-old “couldn’t see the big picture.” That cleverly devised defect (what 13-year-old can construct the big picture?) would allow her to take…