Category Archives: Education

Zee End of the Semester, the Start of Zinnia Season

My students filed out of the computer lab yesterday, after fourteen weeks of meeting twice a week to discuss all things English 101. One said, “Carey. Thank you,” as he walked out the door. I interpreted his intention to make sure I heard him as a good sign, a positive evaluation. Others said, see ya, […]
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One Teaching Evaluation

During one my years as a high school English teacher, I was assigned three sections of English 12. Those seniors liked to visit, tell stories. At a football game, when the boys in my classes were running down the field and I cheered them on, I realized I liked them. I wasn’t just being professional […]
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Absences in Writing Class

I attempt to treat my students of English 101 as if they wanted to be writers, as if they were concerned about the quality of their prose. I make that assumption when I plan my syllabus, when I grade their papers, when I open the door to the computer lab and say, “Good afternoon. It’s good […]
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A Kindergartner’s Work

“What was in this package?” Corrigan stood in the kitchen doorway, waving an empty bag of cashews my toddler left behind. I said, “Read it and find out.”  This is a new response for me and her. But she’s ready. She can do it. She stared at the words for a second then started the […]
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What Mr. Barth Said

Mr. Barth had a reputation for using class time for personal stories and jokes. He often sat in a chair near the door of our department English office ready to chat with whoever was there. He liked to laugh. He wore plaid shirts and jeans, dark rimmed glasses. He kept his graying beard short, on […]
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