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May 16, 2018

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It's the end of another school year. Paradoxically, I consider the finish line of grading to be the worst part of the whole process. The comments and the calculations are done, yes, but after I've submitted final grades I can expect anywhere from five to twenty emails from students with a wide range of legitimate to nonsensical complaints. Some seek extra credit after the semester has ended, others have calculated their own grade and are convinced I've made a mistake (and yes, sometimes...

March 7, 2018

I decided that this should be my next post since I got into a brief conversation regarding attendance policies and was honestly surprised by the number of people insisting that attending class isn’t necessary, provided that you “learn the material” on your own (we’ll get into what that means below). Perhaps this won’t change any minds, but as an educator I feel compelled to point out some of the reasoning behind mandatory attendance policies so that there can be better transparency among teacher...

February 19, 2018

I want to talk about an almost.

We hear about them all the time. Most are just conversational junk food----that time you almost spoke to the guy who you thought might be Brad Pitt----but some almosts can be unintentionally cruel. Like when your friend just got into a car accident and you bring up how once you were almost rear-ended by a semi. It might be true, but really you're just making the conversation all about you now, reminding your friend of how you escaped unscathed while they're dealing...

September 1, 2017

If you're in school at any stage----high school, college, graduate, teacher-----you're going to be stressed and you're going to be overworked. It just comes with the territory. I've read a lot of advice on how to manage things, but most of it involves making big life changes that aren't always feasible when you're just trying to make it to Friday afternoon. So here are five super simple things you can do to make school life easier, and one thing that's just a little bit harder. 

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