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Grammatical Literacy

“Anyone who teaches at the university level encounters students with language difficulties who are nonetheless bright, eager, hard-working and thoughtful. These are the heart-breaking ones, for the reach of their mental capacities exceeds their grasp.” Vermont Royster

6 May 2017
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Form, function, relationships, relative order, location

Playing with symbols is an effective means to parsing. Parsing and the terminology that accompanies it have value only as a means to an end.

2 Apr 2017
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A Curricular Vision

We seek a curriculum in which teachers do not teach subjects, they teach people:

10 Jan 2017
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The Case for Time Management

Planning ahead requires self-direction and self-discipline. Planning is something you must learn to do for yourself. To plan your time effectively, you must be conscientious and responsible. To follow your plan takes willpower. But the rewards for planning are enormous.

9 Dec 2016
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Writing a College Recommendation

College admissions officers love anecdotes and a teacher’s characterization and representation of a student’s salient academic abilities: “He writes elegant, succinct analytical papers” or “He manages to ask searching questions every day that stump the class and keep us arguing through lunch.”

1 Nov 2016
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The Power of Language

Teachers have tremendous power (and an awesome responsibility)––to instill confidence, to set directions, to teach perspective, and to share intellectual passions. The best teaching and learning often comes at unexpected moments. Our best experiences as learners should continually inform us as teachers.

11 Oct 2016
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