Academic Thanksgiving: We Love Librarians

It’s Thanksgiving in the USA, and for many of us it’s a tradition to name the things we’re grateful for. So today I want to name the group of people who are probably the most important part of academic work: librarians and archivists. We live in an age of easy information. Reasonable people can andContinue reading “Academic Thanksgiving: We Love Librarians”

Here’s To You, Steady Writers: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #3

You’re dependable. You’ve written every day, faithfully: 1667 words. Maybe sometimes a little less, maybe sometimes a little more. Your graph is smooth. And no one is asking you if you’ll be ok, because they know the answer: Yes, and you’re doing fine. Just fine. And it feels weird. Because all around you, you’re seeingContinue reading “Here’s To You, Steady Writers: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #3”

Algorithms and Class Policies

For years, I’ve used the same late policy: work accepted up to a week late, 20% reduction in grade, no questions asked. And it’s been a pretty effective policy. I’ve been criticized for it being both too lenient (“They need to learn deadlines are real!”) and for it being too strict (“20% off even ifContinue reading “Algorithms and Class Policies”

This One’s For You, Prolific Writers: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #2

I see you, prolific writer. I see you there, hiding your word count, speaking your word war totals in hushed tones, because you don’t want to make other writers who go more slowly feel bad. I see you dismissing your achievements, in part because you’re tired of the gaping looks people give you when youContinue reading “This One’s For You, Prolific Writers: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #2”

Imagine There’s No Grades

About a month ago, Asao Inoue visited my campus to talk about pedagogy and race; the room was packed, standing room only. Among his recommendations that day for addressing systemic racial injustice in education: Don’t grade. For most people who have been raised in most late 20th/early 21st century formal education systems, this seems impossible.Continue reading “Imagine There’s No Grades”

Encouragement for Lower Word Counts: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #1

This first third of NaNo has not been my best first third of NaNo ever. I’ve averaged about 1k per day of actual writing. That’s about 700 words per day short of where I should be, which I’ll need to make up, of course. However, it’s not unusual. Sometimes you get a rocky start. It’sContinue reading “Encouragement for Lower Word Counts: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #1”

The Lonely Comfort of Internet Invisibility

This blog is pretty new, so it doesn’t really bother me that my best views of all time on a post is less than 20. This blog is meant as part professional placeholder, part personal experiment. I want it to grow into something, someday, but right now the fact it’s tiny is almost by design.Continue reading “The Lonely Comfort of Internet Invisibility”

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