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The incredible persuasiveness of second and third person pronouns

When writing essays I always have to remind my students to not use “I,” that I will know that the ideas are theirs because they are writing the paper. “I believe that the United States is a good place to … Continue reading

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Post-grading musings

The mega stack of Fahrenheit papers graded. Finally. Some of them oh so painful to read. In fact, I only gave two A’s. Yes, these were written just a few days before the winter break. Yes, we were all ready … Continue reading

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The pain of the five paragraph essay

Much of my purpose in teaching is about inspiring students to want to learn more and to communicate clearly what they learn with others. I am bent on encouraging students to stretch themselves, push their thinking, take academic risks, feel … Continue reading

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