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With many students increasingly seeing the value of languages as a means to excel in the modern world, we thought it would be good to share some of our favorite resources that will have you speaking and writing in no...
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That face is still burnt into my memory, a photograph that will never fade: Professor Judy Smith, her granite features nestled into the corner of memory cluttered with lessons learned. I had signed up for her Native American Literature class...
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A recent commissioned study by the Chronicle of Higher Education determined that 55% of higher ed faculty are considering a switch to another career. Oddly enough, 33% of tenured professors, even, are considering a change. It goes to show the...
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One nasty side effect of Zoom education has been the proliferation of cheating on a wide scale, particularly with more objective assessments where it’s easy to simply look up the answers. The temptation to do so has simply been too...
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When I was a teacher at six different institutions over the course of several decades there was one thing that remained consistent: my dread over parent conferences. Roughly 95% of those conferences were very pleasant and actually provided information about...
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One of the questions that parents, fellow teachers, or administrators frequently ask an English teacher is… ‘how do you teach writing’? They ask with a bit of awe and wonder, likely still colored by their own 12th grade compositional struggles;...
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I remember when I began teaching trying desperately to cover the entire gamut. When given American Literature it was unfathomable to consider forgoing Edgar Allan Poe or Ernest Hemingway, often the choice. Quite often I’d end up jamming in too...
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“If a student is unmotivated, you might as well not even teach them, because dead cats aren’t good learners.” -Probably Mark Twain Diagnosing a student’s motivation can be difficult, and yet any teacher will tell you without an understanding of...
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At a fundamental level, it’s really simple. Your topic sentence, or first sentence of every body paragraph, should serve three basic roles: Explain concisely and clearly everything that happens in the paragraph that follows. On some level it is an...
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Be sure to secure the area you will be tutoring in from outside distractions: children, pets, acts of God. While it’s customary to have the occasional distraction, it will signal to the student that they can take the same liberties...
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