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My New Job

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining ASU-Beebe this Fall as a full-time Instructor of English. After about 12 years as a “highway-flyer” (a/k/a adjunct) piecing together teaching assignments at multiple institutions, I’ll have a teaching home. ASU-Beebe is a public two-year college offering associate degrees and technical certificates and affiliates with various 4-year …

Priorities

Blogging isn’t one of my Daily Big 3 today; in fact, it’s not even on my to-do list this week. And that spotlighted for me the larger problem: I rarely prioritize my own writing. So I guess you’re not solely to blame for almost ruining my writing. I often place a higher priority on tasks …

Still from Hanna movie, Cate Blanchett walking out of large structure shaped like wolf's mouth

Some Teachers are Bad

I had planned on blogging about something else this week. But then a conversation with one of the teenagers brought this phrase to mind: “Some teachers are bad.” Of course, when I think of that phrase, I hear it (in my head) in Cate Blanchett’s voice from Hanna – just how she says the line, …

Me standing at a podium with a book and marker in front of a whiteboard

I Can Only Do So Much

In a continuing effort to stop censoring myself, I’m about to go on a rant of sorts. So, before I do that, I feel the need to offer a disclaimer and toot my own horn a bit. Disclaimer/Own-Horn-Tooting: I love teaching. I really do. I wouldn’t keep accepting course assignments each semester if I didn’t …

Screenshot of the research article from AACU.org

Research Shows Writing Enhances Learning

Author’s note: I wrote the following essay as a part of a class I’m taking on feedback and assessment in online writing courses. However, I decided to share it here on the blog since many of my readers are writers and/or teachers. Enjoy! A team of distinguished writing professors and education researchers conducted a national …

Help for Students Creating Portfolio and Blog Websites

This semester, Henderson State University students in Basic English, Freshman English A and Freshman English B will be creating final digital portfolios in lieu of an end-of-semester exam. These portfolios must contain all writing from the semester as well as a new reflective essay detailing the student’s learning during the course. To encourage students to …