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Is it fall yet?

Ordinarily I would’ve picked out my fall wardrobe by now and started splurging on pumpkin spice lattes.  I haven’t yet.  Because fall is still taking its sweet, sweet time to arrive.  I’m not okay with this.  Up in my part of the country, it’s still pushing 80 degrees, which is atypical fall weather. We’re about …

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Brief thoughts on grammar

What’s the point in revising a writer’s essay for them? How will they learn how to avoid comma splices or write concisely if you do the work for them? Wouldn’t it be best to identify the error for the writer, demonstrate how to fix the error, and then allow the writer to make the rest of the …

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september: thus far

Yes, it has been almost a full month since I blogged.  Whoops.  Anyway, happy September. Since my last post the semester has begun, and we’re about three weeks in.  In those three weeks, I have learned quite a lot.  The first thing? Teaching isn’t easy.  As a student, I never took into consideration the work …

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Supplies for the new college instructor

I have about two Mondays left until the beginning of the school year, and naturally, I’m in “school supply shopping” mode. When I was a child, I used to drag my mom to Walmart to go shopping for school supplies.  It was my favorite time of year, and nothing filled me with more joy than …

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