WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE BELOW “I view meat cutting as an art” In my online humanities class I ask students at the beginning of each semester to introduce themselves, and in so … Continue reading Art Redefined
I know you were expecting a report card but for an Independent Study project I hopped a train and have been riding the rails for the past several months. It’s … Continue reading Dear Mom,
I’m grading mid-term essays right now. What a bummer! I provide students with several topics to choose from, including this one: The Book of Job asks why bad things happen … Continue reading The Horse & The Fiancé
I had to give this sign in Kansas a double take before I caught the spelling error. But it reminded me of a sign I past in South Georgia a … Continue reading Dumb & Dumber
It’s difficult to cheat on an open-book multiple choice test. But yesterday an online student accidentally emailed me prima facia evidence of just such a snafu, prompting the following conversational … Continue reading Jehovah’s Witness Coed Cheats On Exam, Pastafarian Professor Forgives Her
As a teacher I never backed away from a fight. My job was to provoke, to engage, to strike a match & kindle the G-Spot in a virgin intellect. So … Continue reading Alley (oops!) Abstracts
– belated letter of appreciation to a former teacher & mentor – Behind his back we called him the “Burning Bush.” Partly because of his wavy reddish brown hair, but … Continue reading The Burning Bush
Teaching is like sticking a needle in your arm. You get highs, you get lows – and you never know which is going to kill you. Grading papers, for example, … Continue reading Student Bloopers
🙂 submitted as part of an e-portfolio to my educational institution 🙂 The Participative Experience I am convinced that the essence of the humanities cannot effectively be taught solely by … Continue reading A Teaching Philosophy
As kids we roamed this campus throwing rocks and oranges, breaking windows and wrecking havoc. An after-action battle assessment report at the time might have said something about “collateral damage … Continue reading Is That Frank Lloyd Wright In My Backyard?
My first sojourn up in front of a firing squad of students was not an auspicious beginning. No casual observer – indeed, not even the savviest HR person – could … Continue reading Those Who Can’t, Shouldn’t
One of the joys of teaching is organizing your life not around the 52 week corporate calendar, like most 9-to-fivers, but by semesters. That, plus the something like 17 weeks … Continue reading Having Fun, Yet?