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Meta-thoughts on learning and teaching–“meditative and self-reflexive”

LIT writing vs CRW writing

It’s interesting and sad that these two are so often seen as combatants, rather than as family, extensions of one another, working towards a common good. That said, I’m afraid I fall into the first camp. Nearly every time I … Continue reading

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Ya Gotta Love English

So, third recent pass through The Sun Also Rises while prepping for the fifth and final teaching lead, and I tried–one more time–to find the meaning of “darbs,” said by Bill to Jake in response to Jake’s statement about Robert … Continue reading

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Our Leadership is Insane (or why I need the serenity prayer)

Scant weeks after President Obama approved budget cuts eliminating funding for education programs in this country, including the National Writing Project, Reading is Fundamental, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Teach for America,” his wife Michelle Obama announced … Continue reading

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There is No Joy in Mudville

Not-so-mighty Ted has struck out. (google it if you’re too young to get the reference). While the professor made encouraging comments at the end of class about how good we are doing on assimilating, supposedly processing, and regurgitating both Scholes … Continue reading

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Make Mine Vanilla

Make Mine Vanilla One of the bigger challenges in teaching from authors as well known and admired (or vilified) as Fitzgerald and Hemingway is the problem of choice: How to decide what students “need” to know/learn/appreciate is quite problematical a … Continue reading

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How to Succeed in Grad School and Still Work and Have a Life.

???  I really don’t know. During my undergrad years (2002-2007) I was working full-time with occasional overtime, had my teenage son at home with me more than half-time, and took a full class load. And came away with a decent … Continue reading

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Post-Great Gatsby’s Green Light

What can I say meditatively and self-reflexively about the job I did on my first lead? Blech comes to mind. What don’t I like? This feeling that I don’t have a clue and that getting one is impossible. Specifics on … Continue reading

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