My Life With the Natives

From August to May, I spend my days with absolute natives, and these natives can get mighty restless!  These are not uncivilized natives, mind you; my students are digital natives.  Their restlessness has less to do with technology than hormones, but they sometimes get frustrated by technology-poor classes.  As a digital immigrant, I perceive the […]

Cheaters Never Prosper . . . Or Learn Much

A recent article in our local paper detailed an experiment with online essay mills.   Duke University professor Dan Ariely provided four mills a bogus essay assignment and payment.  Some of the essays he received in return included completely incomprehensible text; two were heavily plagiarized.  Ironically, the writing quality in each of them was awful.  Cheaters never prosper, or […]

Reflections of a third career teacher and a lifelong learner . . .

I am fairly new to teaching–I just finished my sixth year of teaching community college Freshman Composition classes and my fifth year as a high school science and English teacher.  What I am not new to is learning.  I think I’ve always loved learning more than anything else in life.  That’s why I’m a voracious reader […]