Category Archives: Education

How to Teach

During a recent walk around campus, a colleague of mine mentioned a crisis in the classroom. “I’ve come to realize that our biggest problem with students isn’t that they don’t have an attention span,” the professor said. “It all has … Continue reading

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So, while we’re talking about essential services. . .

Education (35%) and health care (25%) rate as the two largest items within our $6 billion state budget. Those percentage are likely to remain the same until our income outpaces the rate of inflation. (Currently, our economy has grown at … Continue reading

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Help me help us

So. . .I’m curious. . .if you all could redesign the MSMS website, what would you want it to look like? How could you make sure that the site’s content remains strong? Are there school websites that you think are … Continue reading

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Up and Running Again

Welcome back, fearless bloggeurs! I’m excited to be exited about the spring semester. I teach a goodly chunk of my favorite literature each spring–Chopin, Frost, Faulkner, O’Connor, Joyce, Williams–the list of beloved texts is almost embarrassingly long. My seniors might … Continue reading

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The Price of Innovation

A colleague recently forwarded me information about NEA grants for teachers. The application declares that “[w]e support new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Our goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Dream!

I feel like a kid in a candy shop: I have received clearance to design a contemporary literature course to be taught in the spring semester of 2018. I’m interested in your suggestions regarding books to include, of course. I … Continue reading

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The Future is Now

It’s tempting to weigh in on this year’s presidential election. Heaven knows that the candidates have provided us with plenty of low-hanging fruit. However, your state legislature has very quietly begun discussions on an issue that will have a much … Continue reading

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Football and Other Loves

I planned this week to have students think about whether or not they believed in the necessity of “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” in education. I’m somewhat of a skeptic on the matter, and found myself applauding a recent letter … Continue reading

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Help Me Help You

Okay, seniors: it’s that time of year. Tell the juniors what you wish you had known way back when you were where they are now. Juniors and seniors: one of my core beliefs about MSMS is that we don’t have … Continue reading

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I Really Hate to Say It. . .

. . .but I told you so: our state legislators lack the courage to decide the state flag issue for themselves. Even Phil Gunn, a Republican who led the charge to change the flag after last year’s massacre in a … Continue reading

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