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How to Wow a Professor Who is not Easily Wowed College Life

Hello everyone: I started a new teaching assignment today. I’ve been an adjunct professor for 12 1/2 years now, but today was the first time I stood in front of a class as an Associate Professor. What an experience! I have moved out of secular colleges and into the world of full time residential work at a large Christian university. Let me tell you about...

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Snow Days: Will They Happen or Not? College Life

Hello everyone: For those of us living in a northern locale, snow days are a real possibility, much like hurricanes are for the southern climates. You know the drill, my friends. The weather folks’ voices become increasingly shrill one week, four days, two days, one day out of an event. Even if the weather charts show that the storm may miss you by a country...

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Break Cutting is Now an Endangered Species College Life

Hello everyone: You may have read an earlier blog posting about getting the professor to cut you a break. Yes, it still happens but colleges are getting  a whole lot wiser and it might not happen much longer. I was reading a textbook today where a young woman told her professor that her mother had died and that was why she missed the final exam....

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Getting Ready for a New Semester College Life

Hello everyone: It’s the end of December as I write this, and students are almost finished with their winter break. You may be greeting the new semester with a great deal of happy anticipation or with a huge feeling of dread. Let’s work on making it the former, not the latter. Okay, so let’s take a quick look at your schedule. What’s on it? Do...

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Asking the Professor to Cut You a Break College Life

Hello everyone: Sometimes circumstances make it difficult to met a deadline. You need a break. Emailing the professor as soon as you can will sometimes lead to a good result. Waiting until one week after the semester is finished and asking the professor to excuse your tardiness and shoddy work on the grounds that you will have to pay for the course, which will utterly...

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Caught by a deadline? College Life

Hello everyone: Okay, you’ve worked hard all semester but you are up against an unforgivable deadline at the end of the semester and your work isn’t done. What can you do now? Understand that the professor has deadlines as well. We have a certain date by which we must post our grades. If we are well-organized, we are ready to post before the last day...

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There is an “our” in group, if you don’t mind mixing the letters up College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hi Everyone: I just finished working with a few classes that were all about teamwork. Happily, some of the teams were superb. Everyone participated fully and contributed as equally as possible. They got a very high grades on their project and they deserved their stellar grades. Sadly, not all the teams worked out well. Some of the team members were MIA, no-show, no-loads who posted...

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Sometimes folks are going to disagree College Life

Hello everyone: I was teaching face-to-face recently when one of my students commented that she disagreed with what the other students said during a discussion. She was pretty upset. I tried explaining that college is a place where we have diverse folks with differing opinions but that everyone in my class has a right to his or her own opinions and that I was comfortable...

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Keeping the professor in the loop College Life

Hello everyone: Sometimes bad stuff happens in the course of the semester. Occasionally, that bad stuff means that you have gotten behind in your work. Sometimes you can work things out with the professor so that you can get back on track. Let’s talk about how to do that. I have military folks in my classes from time to time. Well, actually, I have military...

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Paying attention in class, even if it’s online College Life

Hello everyone: One of the biggest challenges an instructor has is to capture the attention of his or her students. And keep it. When I was in high school, I had an instructor who would jump up on his desk, if he thought we weren’t paying attention. He was an English instructor and I always thought that was rather undignified. A psychology teacher of mine...

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