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The inevitable has happened around here–the Queen Anne’s Lace is in full bloom, often beautifully interlaced with bright blue chicory flowers. To me this means that the start of classes is right around the corner. Of course, because of the ‘Rona this semester is a bit more difficult and anxiety-provoking than most, but I maintain my position: don’t prepare until it’s time. If you are the sort of person who loves to do class prep early because it calms you, then by all means, go for it!

But I’m just trying to take it one day at a time. It helps to remember that it is still only July 16th, and most of us have at least a good month left to pursue the reading, writing, and resting we all desperately need this summer. Try to think in terms of abundance, not scarcity. A month is a whole month!!

Imagine what it would feel like in February to suddenly be granted a month free from classes, and then you will be thinking in terms of abundance.

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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Why we do this!

As some of you know, I use my first two weeks of classes to schedule face-to-face meetings with individual students in my classes so that I can get to know them better. This is one of my top strategies for increasing participation in class, and it really works. But this week I had a first

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Flourishing Teacher Fall Retreat Now Available!

I’ve been working all summer on this retreat, so I’m so excited to finally make it available. If you are anxious about the start of the school year and need a vocational renewal, this retreat is for you! I extended the work I did on my book to provide strategies for success with Zoom, as

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