Dot Dot Dot?

I ran into a slight snag in class Friday. I’ve been afraid of this kind of snafu since I started teaching, and it has only now surfaced. When I was in graduate school, I had a professor who loved him some MLA format. He loved it. He knew it backward and forward and inside and… Continue reading Dot Dot Dot?

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Pop Culture in the Classroom – Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Stephen King

Back when this blog was new and I had no idea if people would even bother reading it, I wrote about my use of Joss Whedon’s Firefly in my Basic Writing II classes. With the new semester finally under way, I figure a similar post is in order to explain my newest attempt at emboldening… Continue reading Pop Culture in the Classroom – Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Stephen King

Naming the Ivory Tower

Last year at faculty conferences, the idea of student respect was brought up by an established professor. He urged us, his colleagues, to stop allowing students to use our first names because it established a precedent of disrespect that superseded our authority as instructors. He said that the use of titles—Dr. So-and-So, Professor LastNameHere, Mr./Ms.… Continue reading Naming the Ivory Tower

Does College Stifle Academic Creativity?

I love school. I always have. College and grad school, however, seemed to stifle my creativity in regard to writing. To steal a term from Stephen King’s Duma Key, I think that this month has been an “unbottling” phase for me. I have been writing every time I get the urge and sometimes when I… Continue reading Does College Stifle Academic Creativity?