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Who gets to graduate?

I posted about the politics of grammar and desegregation in Baton Rouge before running into this morning’s NYT article on the graduation gap. Regardless of SAT scores and college aptitude, only 1 out of 6 students who come from low-income families will complete their college degrees, whereas 90% of children from the upper quartile will complete. “Who Gets to Graduate,”…

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On Commas, Court Orders, and College Readiness

Sixty years ago the Supreme Court handed down the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Until around 2005 or so, give or take a year, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system operated under a federal desegregation order, one of the longest running orders in the country. Today, Baton Rouge Community College continues to receive entering freshmen educated under that order. Due to the…

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Gratitudes: Ten Internet Acronyms OMG!!1!!

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.

Today I am grateful for some old school internet acronyms plus some texting ones that have joined the crew. Don’t ask my why I’m feeling this nostalgia. It just is.

1. OMG (Note: The F has fled the scene.)

2. FML (Note: The F has returned.)

3. LOL (tried and true)

4. BRB (where are you going? You’re leaving?!)

5. BRT (BRB’s texting brethren)

6. OMW (BRT’s texting cousin)

7. WTF (Note: The F persists.)

8. IRL (stands for “in real life,” as opposed to…which…well..yeah…)

9. OIC (oh, I see….I see how it is…)

10. FTW (Also tried and true)

To be clear: I am grateful because they

..make me laugh,

…make life easier,

…and remind me of other times.

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Amazing: Scramble with Friends

I play Scramble with Friends, the only phone game for me. My score drops precipitously without regular play, but more significantly, my self esteem drops too. Scramble with Friends is the best life coach and personal cheerleader ever. Although Zynga games don’t deserve free advertising, I highly recommend playing this one because of the audio rewards when you score. A…

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Keurig and the Rhetoric of Single Cup Coffee

A new romantic relationship has brought with it a Brady Bunch-style merger of household objects into my life. Since my partner makes more money than me, each new item triggers my underlying class-passing anxiety.  Financial planners are full of advice about how to handle money when couples earn disparate salaries, but they don’t say anything about handling preferences in sheets,…

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D&D Adventuring: Which other hand?

I had too many things in my hand today while sharing the elevator with a campus police officer. As I juggled my items in frustration, I had this conversation (or an artist’s rendition thereof): Me: I need another hand. Him: I know exactly what you mean. Especially the other day when I was trying to arrest this crazy lady.  Me:…

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Gratitudes: Burning Off and On

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.

1. Everyone who cares about how teachers teach and learners learn (cf http://chronicle.com/article/TeachingLearning-About/146403/)

2. Every teacher, professor, PODster, colleague, and faculty professional development expert who taught me about teaching.

3. Every administrator who realized that pedagogy and faculty professional development should be funded and supported institutionally.

4. Every student who put up with my insensitivities, failures, and experiments as a teacher.

The VARK: Teaching first grade to college students

Learning about learning, Part I The VARK I know my VARK and where I fall on the inventory of learning styles: Visual. Auditory. Read/Write. Kinesthetic. Someone recently asked me if I remembered Amy Grant’s song, “Every Heartbeat.” My reply: “Yeah, that’s the song where she’s wearing that cute polka dot dress and big sunglasses and there’s a dog. Like, she’s…