As of August 2017, I earned my doctorate. (YAY!) As of August 2017, I was offered employment at a regional two-year college and have been exploring how to be a full-time person, without being pulled in different directions while negotiating 3-4 jobs. It's weird. (SUPER YAY!) But recently, I've been missing the reading and writing … Continue reading Returning to Writing, Or What Happens When the PhD Is #PhDONE
It's that time of year: when end-of-term papers are starting to roll in (or we're frantically grading work we've had for a week or two or three). My friends and I were discussing more efficient ways to grade and communicate feedback with our students, and as often happens among my friends, we started to joke … Continue reading The Glitter Grading Scale
Some background: The community college I teach at will implement a combined developmental reading and writing course, where previously they had been separate courses, and a requirement in the new course includes literature. If I'm honest, I'm worried about devoting time away from what I've done with literacy and writing instruction in the past, but … Continue reading A Genius Writing Assignment: The Anthology
Haiku d'etat That is all.
Last Spring, I decided to theme my course on monsters -- branching out from the four semesters of vampires I had taught before moving -- and then I sequenced the assignments, not so much with a monster focus as a focus on student-to-student interaction. Although monsters were stamped on the grammar practice, reading assignments, in-class … Continue reading Monsters, Monsters everywhere.
When I was around ten years old, I terrified my mother – on purpose. It’s that “on purpose” part that tends to unnerve people (mostly that even at ten, I not only wanted to scare her but did). But this story actually starts with me scaring myself. It was late evening in our California home. … Continue reading If at First You Don’t Succeed
I feel like if I write the statement "PhD programs leave you mentally exhausted," a world of PhDs will only nod and agree. I'd like to think that most would tell me it is totally worth it, though. I can think of a few who would tell me it's worth it. Already, I've learned some … Continue reading Some Things I’ve Tried