Category Archives: teaching

Fads Fade Fast

Because the majority of my students fall between the ages of eighteen to twenty, I spend a fair amount of time on YouTube and Websites oriented towards that young adult demographic, so I can get a bit of a handle on what is popular in that age group. I’d watch television, but I just can’t stomach American Idol and its ilk, and the radio on my stereo — like so many parts of it — just isn’t working that well right now. I really need…

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Back to the grindstone

Tomorrow I begin teaching at MCCC again; I’ve got three sections of composition this term, all on Mondays and Wednesdays, and all at the satellite campus. I won’t be driving that much, and I’ll have lots of days off, but I’ve never taught more than one class in a day before and now I have three to deal with. This should be an interesting challenge for me, especially since I’ll be teaching MCCC’s Composition I as a fifteen-week course for the first time ever. Even…

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A British sense of humour

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not a morning person. As much as I enjoy going out to the parks and botanical gardens this time of year and marveling at the trees and flowers and the way the sun pokes through all the leaves creating wonderful kaleidoscopes of light, there is only so much sun I can take. Back before I went back to college, it seemed as if I could only work on my creative pursuits in the darkest part…

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What’s that ball of fire in the sky?

My first "summer" course ended this past Thursday, and after grading a bunch of portfolios I got to go right back to teaching the exact same course again a second time. I love teaching dearly, but I signed up for these classes back before Dad died, and I’m beginning to worry that I need a break soon to help me recharge and take care of a number of things I’ve been neglecting these past few months. I only have a dozen students in this class,…

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Parsing

In a lot of the business classes I took as an undergraduate, I would constantly run into these questions on tests where the wording of the questions and answers just completely threw me off. Some of the questions were missing vital information, some of the answers weren’t very specific, and a lot of them used hedge words that made it nearly impossible for me to be confident with whatever answer I chose. Given that these were in classes where I was one of over a…

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