Early on in the semester for my Introductory writing class, I like to bring in motivational and inspirational quotes from other disciplines. I’m looking for examples of strong writing that also offer an opportunity to segue into discussing the work of writing. For example, when… Read More
Dena and I have been having a lot of conversations with our daughter about Thankfulness because of the napkins on our kitchen table. Every napkin has a discussion prompt for people at the table, and this one is Sprout’s favorite: It’s her favorite because of… Read More
This morning, I watched a squirrel eating helicopter seeds off the ground. Look, when your mind latches on to an analogy, and the world around you seems to be prompting you, just run with it. The tree made the seeds to try and grow more… Read More
Out for a run this morning, I watched a helicopter seed spiral out of a tree and land on the concrete. Nothing will come of that seed. It has nowhere left to go. But the tree has hundreds more seeds to drop, just waiting for… Read More
A story about a difficult office hours meeting, and how it lead me to change the way I grade student writing.
While listening to the latest episode of The West Wing Weekly, there was a great comment from presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg that “Your job is to decide how much you’re willing to conform to [what’s expected of you]. It’s… Read More
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