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Year in Review

The year is winding down, and I always like to revisit what I have been yammering about for the last 11 or so months. Instead of making a list of most read posts, I thought I would identify one post from each month that is worth reading (or rereading). If I make a list of …

Ready, Write, Blog! A Workshop for Teen Bloggers

A few weeks ago, I got to teach a workshop  for students in the Upward Bound program at UNC-CH. This is the same program (not the same students or location) that I worked in last summer. I had approached the director of Upward Bound at UNC for a couple of reasons: (a) I want to …

Evaluating the Classroom Observation

I’m getting observed in my Politics of Reading class this week and next. It’s all part of a perfectly normal process that tends to offer very little. It’s hoop jumping. As an assistant professor, I think I was observed for my third year review and then again for tenure. Each observation was the same – two people …

Spring Break Baby!

So here’s the thing…an academic’s work is never done. Except on Spring Break and maybe a few other times during the year. I do my best to live a normal/sane/stable life. Ok – so technically my work is not done even when I am on break. And, because I am on break, this is not …

Year in Review

Although I started this blog in April, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at what all has transpired since then. For our year in review, I’ve selected one post from each month that I thought was worthy of a second look. Enjoy! April: Powerful Decisions in Reading May: Students Inform …

Reconstructing the Research Agenda

In the Land of Academia, particularly in the subdivisions that focus on research, having a research agenda is a vital part of what we do. Your agenda sets the stage for who you are and what you do. It sends a message to others about your area of specialty and what you are known for. …

Getting Out of the Post-Tenure Slump

I’ve had tenure for awhile now (maybe four years? I dunno. I was too lazy to go look it up). Prior to going up for tenure I worked like a mad, rabid dog for a solid five years. What this means is that while I am only paid to work 9-months out of the year, …