Category Archives: campus life

Desert’s Elbow

A week ago today I had ORIF surgery. ORIF stands for Open Reduction Internal Fixation, a surgery that involves a 2 inch incision along the top of the elbow, then positioning the bones where they should go and using screws … Continue reading

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Not a Funny Bone

Classes ended for me on April 27th, and my final class meeting with my favorite class was wonderful. Students worked on their digital portfolios and talked about what they had learned during the semester, what activities they found the most … Continue reading

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Academic Anxiety Dream

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a pre-semester anxiety dream. I hope last night’s return of the genre doesn’t suggest anything about the upcoming semester. In my dream, I was looking for my class on campus, trying to find the … Continue reading

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Just Call Me Old School

I just started my first online “course” as a student, a two-week “Boot Camp for Teaching Online” offered through my university’s online teaching instructional design folks. I’ve been teaching online courses for at least five years–at least that’s as far … Continue reading

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And it Begins Again

The semester has begun, and since my thoughts are focused on teaching and I am reading students’ work from the first week of classes, I thought I’d share an early activity that worked well. For the first class meeting, rather … Continue reading

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Someone Has to Be Average

This is what I told one of my first year writing students when he complained that I graded too hard: “someone has to be average.” When he stared at me as if I’d suddenly turned into a monster, I added, … Continue reading

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Beer Me

During my undergraduate years at California State University, Chico in the 1980s, I became a beer snob. Our local brew pub, the Sierra Nevada Brewery offered some tasty options; their Pale Ale was our everyday beer and filled the kegs … Continue reading

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