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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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We’re Not the Ones Intent on Indoctrination

This Thursday, in a brief speech at CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference), Betsy DeVos, the recently confirmed Secretary of Education, criticized folks like me and accused us trying to indoctrinate students. She devoted only a paragraph to higher education, … 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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Addressing the Costs of Higher Education

Beginning with the 1862 Morrill Act by which Congress set aside federal land for establishing “land-grant” colleges and later with the creation of new colleges for women and African-Americans, the right to an accessible and affordable college education was supported … Continue reading

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Educational Inequality

I’m teaching Basic Writing this semester for the first time since 1998, and as part of my work, I am sitting in on a practicum focused both on teaching this course this semester and on BW scholarship. I’m finding this … Continue reading

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Don’t Have ’em, Never Wanted ’em

Yesterday in one of my classes the discussion turned to children’s books. We’re reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk titled “The Danger of a Single Story” during which she talks about the ways the reading she did as a child … Continue reading

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Pro Teaching: She Shoots, She Scores, She Teaches

I was sad to learn that “Key & Peele” will end this season–it’s fifth–especially after seeing latest sketch, “Teaching Center.” It is a spot-on parody of SportsCenter’s hyperbole-laden talking heads, CGI ticker  and obsessive play-by-plays. Here Key and Peele reimagine … Continue reading

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America is Ever Becoming

As America celebrates its 243rd Independence Day, we find our country one step closer to fully embracing Jefferson’s claim that “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these … Continue reading

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Maybe This?

I’m always looking for new ways to grade, to make grading easier and faster, and to help students get more out of my responses to their work. Some of the things I’ve tried have worked well while others have been … Continue reading

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