Category Archives: teaching

Written by the Winners

Texas board adopts new social studies curriculum (AP via Yahoo! News) I didn’t blog about this controversy when it first erupted a couple of months ago because I was trying to sort through some other stuff, but I did mention it to my students at the time, and we talked a bit about it.  Like me, the inclusion of Confederate generals and statesmen as “examples of good leaders” seemed to hit my students the hardest, if only because the Confederacy lost.  I still wonder if…

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Satan Enters Through Your Loins

Ohio Christian school tells student to skip prom (AP via Yahoo! News) Just when I thought this part of the country couldn’t get more bad press after dealing with "Joe the Plumber" for the past six months, something like this has to pop up. In all seriousness, this is a news story I would expect to see in a newspaper from forty or fifty years ago, not in 2009. I’m not trying to be disrespectful of religious beliefs here, but at the same time, there…

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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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