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Struggling With the Semester System

I was teaching class the other day when something struck me – the way we have designed college courses (through a semester approach) limits me. This isn’t a revolutionary thought, I know, and it’s probably not the first time it’s ever crossed my mind. But I was thinking about it in relationship to constructing course …

This Blogging Things Keeps Getting Better

I’ve written numerous posts about how I use blogging in my classes including why I love it and how I’ve launched a multi-authored blog in a course this semester. But now I’m hitting on something new – what happens to blogs when they get used within and across a program. Last fall, I had the …

Class as Experience

At some point, I realized that I didn’t think of my class so much as a series of lectures or objectives or activities or readings or whatever but rather as an experience. I don’t know when or how I made this shift. I just know that one day I realized that I was planning a …

Be On the Look Out

Recently, I provided some of my thoughts about what you can do as a doctoral student to make your interviews work for you. Today, I want to talk to you about things you should look out for when you are on those interviews. The things I highlight in this post are all real – meaning …

Using a Multi-Authored Blog in Teaching

We all know that I love using blogs in my courses (as much as it makes sense to do so). Starting the week of January 19th, I’m going to be going a slightly new path with blogging as an instructional tool. I’m teaching a course called The Politics of Reading. The course is part of our …

Explore Projects

This last semester, I taught a Masters class called Explorations in Literacy. A major part of this class was engaging in something I called the Explore Project. The Explore Project was relatively simple. I based it off the concept of Google Fridays (this piece is an example of how the concept plays out in the classroom). Google …

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, …

Three Reasons Why I Hate Syllabi

I hate handing out written copies of course syllabi. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. I didn’t always hate it. When I was a doctoral student I LOVED developing my course syllabus. When I was a beginning assistant professor I loved it. Why? I don’t know. I guess because it made me …

Three Keys for Understanding Struggling Readers

I have long had an interest with students who struggle with reading. The term struggling reader has a long history to it. Over time, students who have academic reading difficulties in school have been referred to in a number of ways including reluctant readers, struggling readers, and striving readers. When we use a term – any …