Anecdotally, I find that advisors and mentors do not tell students when the advisor nominates a student for an award, instead they only tell students when the students win. I anticipated that students might want to know when they were nominated, so I conducted a poll on Twitter to test this hypothesis.
Teaching problem solving in STEM fields can often result in instructors relying on students' innate executive functioning skills. Some students struggle with executive functions and testing students on executive functioning skills is probably not what you intend to test. Here, I describe executive functions and how to use instructional scaffolding in the framework of Universal Design to teach problem solving to all learners.