My daughter loves getting in the pool, except for one thing: Getting water in her face. I know this problem well. When I was a kid, I hated being in the water. Hated it with a passion. Needed to be bribed, heavily, in order to… Read More
A story about a difficult office hours meeting, and how it lead me to change the way I grade student writing.
A student came up to me after class and asked about impostor syndrome. I had mentioned in class that one of the main causes of things like plagiarism or bloated writing is insecurity: People are afraid that their writing will be found lacking, and that… Read More
Election Day 2016, my wife and I took our daughter to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, which is easily in Sprout’s top five all-time favorite places on Earth. On our way back, while our daughter napped in her car seat, we hopped off the freeway… Read More
When Sprout wants me to make up a story to tell her, she says “Tell me a story with your mouth.” Usually she asks for this when she’s supposed to be falling asleep, and she knows I won’t turn the light back on to read… Read More
Last semester I chose to take a stand on student phone use in class. I wasn’t just getting the occasional person doing a bad job hiding that they were texting in the middle of class. People would take out their phones multiple times during an… Read More