Almost a decade ago, the video “A vision of students today” was released. Starting in the fall, this video should be on the forefront of teachers’ mi
Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.
2. Summer in the Northwoods is not like summer anywhere else.
3. Patient people.
4. Grapefruits are available out of season. Yummy! (Bad for the world economy to eat fruit out of season, but yummy in my tummy. Darn.)
5. Bread Pudding coffee from Community Coffee – a taste of Louisiana in the Northwoods.
6. An awesome post-grading night’s sleep. Gosh, that felt so effing good.
7. A kick-ass semester in the can. “It’s a wrap!”
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In a mandatory certification class, I was assigned to explore one of the generations other than my own, and then discuss how what I learned will impact my teaching. The assignment is well designed and I intend to steal it, but given my immersion in pop culture studies and interest in the generational divide, I didn’t learn much new about…
I now view Hillary with the love/hate of an ex-girlfriend. Bernie’s been a great disappointment. Even Jeb Bush is more appealing at this point. A wimp like him would lead the country with safe inaction. But instead, we’ve got Bernie throwing chairs, and Hillary clutching her pearls in lofty dismay. Instead of demonstrating leadership, my party is in the middle…
“While we may not talk about it, we know a syllabus reveals a lot about our colleagues,” writes Linda Nilson in The Graphic Syllabus. The book, published in 2007, talks about how bureaucratized syllabus developed in response to various political pressures in higher ed, the old-style syllabus (which was simple and teacher-centered), and the learner-centered syllabus (which is guide-on-the-side and…