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The Smile File

Teaching can drain you. We invest so much in to our lessons, planning, giving feedback…. and for what? Proverbially, we are planting seeds that we may never see grow.  More often than not, we will never know the outcomes of what students take away from our classes. Students rarely say “thank you” or let us… Continue Reading The Smile File

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The Lock Box Exam: “Escaping the Rhetoric” – Checking Content & Reinforcing Gen Ed Outcomes

Before I begin, I need to give credit and a shout out to Nick Roster, who inspired me with his own lock box activity.  I had been wanting to do a group-styled “exam” for some time with my  classes, and his idea of the “lock box” gave me the inspiration and vehicle to move my… Continue Reading The Lock Box Exam: “Escaping the Rhetoric” – Checking Content & Reinforcing Gen Ed Outcomes

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Scientific Method in English Class? (It works! Hear me out!)

Our ENG111 textbook addresses Scientific Methods within the Narrative chapters.  As most of our students are not intending on studying English as a major/minor, I’ve found a need to take some time and address this narrative practice and its applications for our students. IMRaD stand for Introduction, Methods, Results, & Discussion.  We most often associate… Continue Reading Scientific Method in English Class? (It works! Hear me out!)

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Teaching Narrative: Learning to Lead, Follow, Listen, & Reflect

How do I teach (lead) and inspire the leadership potential and academic engagement in my students? How do I create an environment where my students can share their past and their stories?  How can I help them reflect on those experiences, putting them on paper?   Narrative.   Narrative writing encourages reflection and  gives them… Continue Reading Teaching Narrative: Learning to Lead, Follow, Listen, & Reflect

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