January 2005

Sunday 30 January 2005

  • Taxes for Teachers - I just received the local tax forms in the mail -- something that always gives me an unwelcome wake-up call -- an uncomfortable reminder that there's extra work to be done. And math's involved! I'm a little ahead of the game this year, if only because I got TaxCut for... (13:42 | 0 Trackbacks | 1 Comments)

Friday 28 January 2005

  • Forward Interview - Forward, our slick campus alumni magazine, ran this excellent feature story (note: 500k .jpg image) on me this Fall, after I won the Bram Stoker Award in Alternative Forms for my free horror fiction-oriented e-newsletter, The Goreletter. The interview is quirky good fun -- it opens with a few offbeat... (10:47 | 0 Trackbacks | 0 Comments)

Thursday 27 January 2005

  • Rethinking the Syllabus - I adored Terry Caesar's article, "Against Syllabi" recently posted to Inside Higher Ed. In it, Caesar argues that the course syllabus has become so overridden by legalese that it's been rendered meaningless: "It seems to me that we have become unsure about what not to put on syllabi because we... (19:43 | 0 Trackbacks | 4 Comments)

Tuesday 25 January 2005

  • Cutting the Threaded Discussions - I typically have one night course in my workload -- a course that meets one night per week, for a three hour seminar. Since a lot can happen in a student's learning in the week between class meetings -- from new discoveries in research to myriad questions that pop up... (21:41 | 0 Trackbacks | 2 Comments)

Saturday 22 January 2005

  • Get Back to Work - Winter classes begin on Monday at SHU. I love beginnings. But like most teachers, I'm feeling a little sluggish about returning, because I've hardly had what would qualify as a "break." Some of the work-related activities I've been doing during the month we get off for Winter Break include: teaching... (11:43 | 0 Trackbacks | 1 Comments)

Wednesday 19 January 2005

  • E-mail Cholesterol - "E-mail," business writer Mark Suskino has written, "is the cholesterol of modern management." Teachers have to be managers, too, to some degree, and not just in the classroom. We collect and comment on so many documents that our lives are riddled with as much paperwork as a tax attorney's desk.... (17:13 | 0 Trackbacks | 5 Comments)

Sunday 16 January 2005

  • Turnitin dot Culture - Matthew S. Willen's "Reflections on the Cultural Climate of Plagiarism," from the latest issue of Liberal Education, looks at the way that plagiarism -- as a way of working the system in a way to win at any cost -- is endorsed by our culture-at-large. It comes as no news... (11:58 | 0 Trackbacks | 1 Comments)

Wednesday 12 January 2005

  • The 8th Habit - Stephen Covey (author of the classic self-help book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) has a new book out on The 8th Habit. What is it? To "find your voice and inspire others to find theirs." Sounds an awful lot like what it means to be a teacher to... (20:44 | 0 Trackbacks | 2 Comments)

Sunday 9 January 2005

  • Fiction Films as Substitute Texts - Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2005 13:11:38 -0400 From: Farah Mendlesohn Subject: [IAFA-L] fact v. fiction To: iafa Here is an oddity. Last semester I showed students a documentary on Aileen Wournos. I am currently grading their essays. Without exception, those students who refer to Wournos cite the movie Monster... (23:52 | 0 Trackbacks | 4 Comments)

Monday 3 January 2005

  • Best of Blogs in Education - Wasn't sure whether or not to mention this, but what the heck: Pedablogue is a finalist in the Best of Blogs Awards, in the "Education Blog" category. Voting has begun and continues until January 17th. Anyone can vote. Not sure what this really means, but I noticed I'm near the... (17:19 | 0 Trackbacks | 0 Comments)

Sunday 2 January 2005

  • On Reading and Teaching - One of the books I've been reading over the break is a computer software instruction guide. That probably sounds boring to most folks, but to me it's a pleasure read because most of what I read I read analytically and critically -- as a writer, I'm always analyzing an author's... (18:08 | 0 Trackbacks | 0 Comments)