Tag: teaching

Imagine a Bookstore Where Books Had No Titles

I never begin a blog post without first giving it a title, but I usually change it before I click the “Publish” button. When I was in school, I’d normally use an obscenity as a placeholder on essays until I could come up with something better. It’s amazing that I never once forgot to change the title.


September 24, 2010 3

Academic Karma Kicking Me in the Ass

I finally realize why my professors always encouraged class participation and why it was always such a large component of our final grades. When students don’t participate, especially in a discussion-based class, the learning suffers. I try really hard to engage my students, but I can’t force them to be interested.


September 22, 2010 5

Breaking up Isn’t that Hard to Do

Writing a block of text is easy, and I can understand why a beginning writer might feel inclined to do so when he/she is composing a rough draft. One sentence follows the next. But even after they had a chance to type and revise a free-writing exercise, a lot of my students and colleagues just don’t include paragraph breaks.


September 17, 2010 3

On Forgetting Yourself, for Charm’s Sake

Though it’s often portrayed negatively, charm doesn’t have to be a method of manipulating or deceiving people. I believe that charm can be completely genuine, a tool used for good. I want to be charming to make other people feel comfortable and to shine as my best self. So, how does one forget oneself in order to be more charming?


September 3, 2010 0