Are you dreading fall of 2020 classes?

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If so, you are not alone. This might be the single most frustrating summer-running-up-to-classes that I’ve experienced in my career. Uncertainty and anxiety do not make for a fun start to the school year. That, and trying to plan our our teaching schedules around our children’s schedules. At least we won’t be bored.

If you are dreading the start of the year and need inspiration, I’ve got some great news for you. I’ve been developing my “Flourishing teacher fall retreat” and am planning to launch soon. Please fill out my contact form on this website and you will be the first to hear about the launch! I’ve even got a section called “Zoom U and you” where I share my top 5 zoom class hacks. You won’t want to miss this!

Spring Retreat and Master Class is Up and Ready!

It’s finally here! After spending most of the break updating and providing new content for you all, I’m happy to announce that the Spring Retreat and Master Class is ready for enrollment. There are a couple of completely new sections, including Getting Things Done for Academics and How to Re-think your assignments. Enroll for 25%

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The Importance of Real Rest

It’s December, so I know that we are all grading, grading, grading right now. Because I am. But while COVID presents challenges it also presents opportunities: at this moment I’m delivering my final exam to my students across the country, while I’m in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where I’m on my annual writing group retreat.

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Are you living in an echo chamber?

Sometimes you just have to teach off script. Here’s why. I’ve been teaching American literature for over 25 years, and it enables me to raise all kinds of issue of central importance today, including our persistent failure to move beyond the racist attitudes present at the founding of the United States. But sometimes we need

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