Category Archives: teaching

Book Love


I don’t remember the title, but when I was in 5th grade, I tried to read a book about pioneers moving into space who were only allowed to take one book with them on the journey. The youngest child was … Continue reading

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7 Things Your University Instructors Wished You Already Knew


1. The syllabus is like your bible. Only, you should actually read it, not just hold it in your hands and yell at people like some folks do. Also, don’t make a religion out of your class, and, if you … Continue reading

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5 Literary Characters Who Got the Short End and Lessons we can Learn from Them


Ok, so the term “literary” is used very loosely here. I’m well aware of the cannon issues. 1. Mary Bennet, Pride and Prejudice When Mr. Collins comes to marry one of Mr. Bennet’s five daughters, he meets resistance from all but … Continue reading

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The Seven Stages of Grading or Why Teachers Hate the End of Term


For the Teacher Shock and Denial: Where did all these papers come from? Did I have this many students at the beginning? If I put them all in one stack, they could fall on me and no one would find … Continue reading

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Writing With Someone Else’s Pen


I have three novels going at once. I doubt any of them will ever actually see the light of day, but it’s fun to work through them anyway. One of the problems I inevitably have with them is character voice. … Continue reading

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Lie to me, Please


I live a lie. “What’s  your name?” he shouted over the crowd and the rap beat, bumping up through the soles of our feet and rattling our rib cages. “Uh, Lucy.” I answer with a coy smile. “Like in the … Continue reading

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What is it Good for? Absolutely Nothing


Today I’m bombarded by a barrage of sentences at work. I’m compiling instructor guides so that they can easily pull up activities for their students. I exhausted my own resources last week; this week the list was in my inbox again. I need … Continue reading

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