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Writing is a road trip

A moment of horror in the copy room. That’s where this post started.

A moment of horror borne of another instructor’s handout, one that simultaneously reduced and universalized the writing “process” to a tick sheet of dos, don’ts, and otherwise.  1,541 more words


Take the active learning challenge

Dear Instructors,

Here’s your challenge: Include active learning activities in every lecture.

Just do it.

Active learning is a philosophy and approach in which teaching moves beyond the ‘podium-style’ lecture and directly includes students in the learning process. 959 more words


Nate in Venice by Richard Russo

In the novella Nate in Venice, former English professor Nate, now in his 60s, is persuaded to take a tour of Italy by his semi-estranged brother Julian. 786 more words


Older LGB&T people: Minding the Knowledge Gaps. Final conference.

My usual partial and erratic liveblog-ish notes from a seminar. Not a complete record of what’s going on – just the things that interest me . 538 more words

From "All Our Yesterdays" - Jan 28, 1987 - a warning from history

I have a side project – a website on which I blog something that happened “that day” in “climate” (that’s a loose term) history. Today there’s two posts – here’s the second… 413 more words


Five years on - part 1.

It is coming up to the anniversary of my stroke, and I find myself reflecting, in various ways, on where I am now, a whole five years later. 1,900 more words


Depression on Campus - A Matter of Life or Death

I like to keep things light, but that’s hard to do during these dreary, light-deprived days of January. Thoughts of this lead me to a serious topic facing many of our students at universities. 730 more words