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  • Bradley, Ed, Michael, and Nicole.

    Bradley, Ed, Michael, and Nicole. These are the four former students that I’ve lost. We have all lost them. They died. As their professor, someone who spent just a short time with them, maybe you think I wouldn’t be affected by their loss. You would be wrong.Bradley was one of the most ...
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  • #TeachingTipsTuesday

    It’s almost time for most of us to head back to the classroom, and in the spirit of collegiality, Profology announces #TeachingTipsTuesday! Every Tuesday for the upcoming Fall Semester starting today, Tuesday August 18th, Profology is the place to post your best teaching tips for your col...
  • Adjunct Endgame

    I have not yet met nor heard of an adjunct by circumstance who wants to remain an adjunct.   Yes, there are the adjuncts by choice, those who are fortunate enough to have sufficient means, so that teaching a course or two a semester is fine because that’s all they want out of teaching....
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  • Leveling the Playing Field

    Adjunct Perspectives for Faculty and Administration   Last year, at the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, I attended a couple of sessions dealing with adjunct faculty issues from the perspective of those hiring and training adjuncts. Through these present...
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  • Saying Goodbye to the Classroom

    For the first time in about 10 years I will not be in the classroom when the semester starts. I want to quickly reflect on what I’ll miss and what I won’t.What I’ll miss: Students. I’ll really miss getting to know them and I’ll miss interacting with them and learning...
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  • Student Calls Radio Show, Mentions My Course

    This morning, driving to work, I was listening to a discussion on a comedy morning radio talk show, The Wease Show on 95.1 The Brew, about the town of Greece, NY and a recent Supreme Court ruling (Town of Greece v Galloway) that the town could continue to hold prayers to open town meetings. They pla...
  • Classroom Wardrobe Malfunction

      I leave the house, trying to get to class on time. Because it’s Rochester, New York, it’s freezing, so I put on my wool coat. In slightly warmer weather, (which never seems to come) this coat has 3 buttons that provide enough barrier to keep me warm. However it is usually configu...
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  • The Olfactory Offender

    I didn’t notice it until about midway through the class when I approached the front row to ask a question. There was a certain aroma in our little classroom...and it was quite pungent, but not altogether unpleasant. It was unmistakable to anyone who’s ever been to a rock concert. I&rsq...
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  • End Of Semester Takeaways

    All that remains is the final...and then the grading, and the calculation of final grades, and the entering of grades. And then a couple of weeks to brace myself for my intersession course. I’m a Fifty Minute Man, so I’m not that excited to be teaching a 4 hour and 20 minute class 4 days...
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  • Do You Offer Extra Credit Opportunities?

    At the community college where I teach, students sometimes ask for extra credit opportunities. I have never built extra credit into any of my courses, but when asked, I have usually allowed students to do some kind of assignment. I don’t know if I’m going to continue.There is the occasio...
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