Category Archives: work

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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Deal Me In

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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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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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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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Meeting with (ad)Minds

Any one who is, used to be or knows someone who is an academic knows we spend endless hours in meetings. We have department meetings, college and university committee meetings, ad hoc committee meetings, meetings with students and colleagues and … Continue reading

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