Tag Archives: Teaching

“Clarity, Care, Connection, and Credibility: Lessons from 15 Years of Online Teaching”: My Talk the UPEI Community Teaching Conference

Recently, the University of Prince Edward Island hosted a Teaching Community Conference–an annual event but one moved online due to COVID-19. My talk was called “Clarity, Care, Connection, and Credibility,” and I highlighted the core principles and simple tips I’ve … Continue reading

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Why the Logic of Prevention will Always Fail for Some: Steady Thoughts in Response to COVID-19

I awoke early this morning, before the alarm, thinking about teaching. Over the weekend, leaders in our largest colleges and universities and in our government have taken steps to limit the spread of COVID-19. It is not yet a state … Continue reading

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Announcement: Teaching Engaging Classes Online: A Tutorial and Discussion (by Signum University)

A lot of teachers and professors are suddenly finding themselves in the position of moving to a fully online teaching schedule as colleges, universities, and even some school districts shut down in response to the coronavirus. As a result, there … Continue reading

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Doctor Doctor

So, one of the fun things about successfully defending my PhD was landing back at my local university. While students were congratulatory, it is my colleagues who know the tremendous work (and often deep pain) that goes into a PhD. … Continue reading

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A Grief Observed: A Talk on the Anniversary of My Parents’ Deaths, with C.S. Lewis

Here is a little piece I did this time last year. This past week had that frightful cold snap once again–experienced throughout our entire continent–and the cold has finally broken. But on this day, February 4th, it is hard not … Continue reading

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This Time of Year, This Time of Life

As a house full of educators and students, normally this week our family is having first first days, second first days, and third first days. My son’s first day of high school was yesterday. He was off to school, nervous … Continue reading

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L.M. Montgomery’s Schoolmarm Visit to the Archibald MacKay Mansion (L.M. Montgomery Series)

I have recently been enjoying L.M. Montgomery’s romantic and hilarious 1936 novel, Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Windy Willows outside of North America). I was interested in the book because it is one of Montgomery’s few attempts at epistolary … Continue reading

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A Grief Observed: A Lecture on the Anniversary of My Parents’ Deaths

It was a little eerie returning home on Saturday evening. My wife and I went to see the Oscar-nominated SF Fairy Tale, The Shape of Water. It was cold, terribly cold. With the wind chill it was approaching -30 Celsius (below -20 … Continue reading

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Wormwood Reborn? A Screwtapian Look at The Gates by John Connolly (A Little Hallowe’en Demonic Lit)

One of the great perks as a university teacher is that I am constantly in conversation with students about good books. While this occasionally gets me into conversations about Twilight (which I did read, but only with great commitment to my … Continue reading

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A Lament for the Loss of Young Teachers (A Feature Friday Post from the Vault)

I am doing work in the statistical analysis division of our labour market research unit in government. Of course, I am. After all, I’m doing a PhD in fantasy literature. I wrote this piece a couple of years ago, where … Continue reading

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