We've had a successful first week, and to be honest I'm surprised and pleased. When we walked out on the 10th I didn't think we'd get here but, well... whew! Every year we try to do something for the faculty as a welcome back to the school year thing. This year, we decided just to… Continue reading Making progress
Of course we're excited to see the new students (and by "new" I mean anyone in the Class of 2023, Class of 2024 and Class of 2025, since we've barely got to know 2023 and have never met the other two classes). The same applies to all the new faculty. But... Over the summer, the… Continue reading The students are here! The students are here!
Tuesday, Karen left a comment on my post about the Big Picture: Hi Laura, I have been exploring different TL blogs as I start on this journey in my career. I have taught in many guises and never really needed to explain what I need to exist in a school, and am now beginning to… Continue reading Tracking the year
It's official. A year from today, I can start withdrawing from my 403(b) without penalty, something I'll do when I retire. That isn't my plan for the immediate future, but it is nice to have options. After all, there's still a library to build and a program to transfer. But as I said, options. Things… Continue reading The clock starts ticking… now
Whether you subscribe to the CRAP / RADAR Test or the 5 Ws or lateral reading or another method, it's never too early to teach your students to never assume that what they read or hear is accurate (and for librarians to model this publicly!) If it's too perfect to be true...
Some might say I have a newsletter problem. I suggest that it's a great way to keep informed about a wide variety of topics, with curated (I'm using the term deliberately) information all in one tidy email. You may (or, more likely, may not) be interested in the same things but just in case, here's… Continue reading My mailbox overfloweth
I've been interested in how language changes for years, in part because when I was younger I went from having a mailman to a postal carrier, from stewardesses to flight attendants, and actresses to actors. It was also in part to my uncle being one of the founders of sociolinguistics, specifically language planning. As an… Continue reading Language matters
This is one of those times I wish there was a 24-hour surveillance camera on me. Not because what I'm doing is so fantastically interesting, but because I'm trying to do what we tell our students to do when they're working on homework and large projects. What that? First, it's chunking large tasks into smaller… Continue reading Modeling good habits
What does "new year" mean to you? And when is it? Obviously, there's the Big New Year when the calendar year flips over. And then there's you're birthday, a great time to start new thinking (or having an age-related crisis). There's also the Jewish (or Chinese or Muslim) New Year, times of celebration and thinking… Continue reading Happy New Year?