All posts by Sean Shannon

Missing Mixing

After I got to Wisconsin last August, I only had eleven days between my arrival here and when I had to teach my first class. I’ve taught classes on short notice before, but I’ve almost always done so at places where I’ve already been teaching, so I have some idea about curriculum requirements and the like before I start planning things out. Trying to put together classes in less than two weeks when I’ve not only never taught at an institution before, but I’ve gone…

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On Brand

Later this month, I will mark the first anniversary of my arrival here in Wisconsin. This summer has been challenging for me because of all the work I’ve taken on here, which can sometimes make me feel like I’ve been here all my life taking care of it, but when I’m able to take a step back and think about my adventures here in Wisconsin within the broader scope of my life so far, it kind of feels like I just got here last week.…

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Trendsetting Garbage

Not loving the new Twitter? Here’s how to revert back to the old desktop version (Manchester Evening News) Now that my AFL club is doing well again (albeit with a propensity for needing last-second heroics week after week to get wins, even against bottom-of-the-ladder clubs), I’ve been looking at more Australian Rules Football videos online lately. As I’ve been doing so, I’ve noticed that there is one user on YouTube — I won’t mention their name, but I will say that they’ve uploaded zero videos,…

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A Day in the Life

There are events in your life that happen at a time when you can kind of recognize that they aren’t all that bad, but seeing things from that perspective is nearly impossible due to how you’re being affected by the events as they happen. I had one of those days last week, and by “last week” I mean right now as I’m typing this up, but I’m going to save posting this until my usual Monday publishing schedule. I’m just trying to get words down…

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Remaining Silent

‘Know Your Rights’: Immigration advocates, attorneys ramp up efforts ahead of planned mass ICE raids (NBC News) One of the English classes I taught back in Toledo started out on the first day with a student threatening violence against me because he couldn’t use the textbook from his previous English class in mine. (I didn’t have any control over what textbooks I could use in that class, but he was giving every sign that he didn’t want to listen to anyone, as evidenced by his…

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