Coping With Your First Child Heading Off To College: A Mother’s Lament

*** This concept of a child going away to study at a university shouldn’t really phase me at all, right? I’m a college professor. I have been for years now. I’m the one smiling at other parents during Open Houses as I say all the right things to them about how their student will love… Read More Coping With Your First Child Heading Off To College: A Mother’s Lament

A Parent’s Thoughts on the Eve of High School Graduation & The Ellicott City Flood

      Graduation Tomorrow All the standard thoughts apply today. “Time Flies.” “How did this happen?” “How is this even possible that time has marched by so swiftly?” Let me start with advice to young parents: treasure every moment with your children, because I was once like you thinking high school graduation was light… Read More A Parent’s Thoughts on the Eve of High School Graduation & The Ellicott City Flood

Tell Your College Students to Pull Out the Old Pen and Paper, Studies Find

You may want to tell your college students to put their laptops away during class lectures. It appears the “old way” of taking handwritten notes in class trumps typing notes into your laptop. If you’d like to know why, a study by researchers Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University… Read More Tell Your College Students to Pull Out the Old Pen and Paper, Studies Find

What Failure Taught Me, With a Nod To Author Markus Zusak

As part of the final in Magazine Writing, I asked my students to reflect on certain aspects of the course, including the readings, their writing, and the lessons learned, as well as their ability to construct a well-written response to a writing prompt. This year’s students were asked to reflect on writer Markus Zusak’s wonderful… Read More What Failure Taught Me, With a Nod To Author Markus Zusak

Why We Should Stop Using the Phrase “In the Real World”

While there are many trite (and incorrectly structured) phrases that people use constantly, i.e. phrases like “It is what it is” and “I could care less,” whereby the first just sounds silly and the latter actually means you care, there is another phrase that I’d like to see stripped from our sentence constructs. The phrase… Read More Why We Should Stop Using the Phrase “In the Real World”