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October 20, 2019

Almost two years ago my daughter’s history teacher and I planned a Mississippi history trip. It was an unbelievably moving trip for me (and, I hope, for the students and parents who attended), but other than sending our itinerary out to my colleagues, I haven’t written...

September 11, 2019

The week our semester started, NPR published a crowd-sourced “Where I’m From” poem that included submissions from people all around the world. I admit that I am always relatively emotional at the beginning of a new semester, but I found myself crying happy tears listen...

April 10, 2019

My daughter is going to run in two different events at a track meet today. The fact that I spent the morning preparing to sit outside on a beautiful spring day to watch this child sprint around a track in south Mississippi is a bit surreal. It was just five years ago t...

June 23, 2018

“I'm the person who likes creating more than completing, who answers the Meyers-Briggs question about whether you prefer starting to finishing with "starting," who generally looks ahead and not back--so the end of the semester, especially Spring semester which is the e...

February 20, 2018

Since Wednesday, February 14th, my social media outlets have been filled with responses to the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Some of these responses involve condolences and prayers; others critique the value of such expressions of symp...

January 28, 2018

I am teaching a digital literacies class this semester, and the first writing assignment asks students to consider their reliance on digital devices by giving up their technologies for twenty-four hours and then writing about the experience. I often write with my stude...

January 16, 2018

It is the first day of classes, and, as is typical, my mind is racing with thoughts and ideas about the new semester. Excitement about getting to know new groups of students. Trepidation about my syllabi and whether the courses I’ve designed are going to engage our cla...

December 31, 2017

I was scrolling through Facebook today when I saw that a friend and colleague of mine wished his friends a happy new year saying “here’s to making new things in 2018 and breaking all the things that need to be broken.” I am struck by the sentiment. It resonates with me...

October 16, 2017

I am sitting in my office preparing for my classes this week. Tomorrow we will discuss excerpts from bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress and John Duffy’s “The Good Writer: Virtue Ethics and the Teaching of Writing.” I read Duffy’s line that “virtue retains for some its...

July 18, 2017

This year, my institution is switching LMS platforms, and this has meant a considerable amount of additional work for me over the summer. It also, however, has provided me with the opportunity to consider and explore the types of online environments I want for my stude...

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