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The Woodwork

More than anything, marking my students’ papers on queer issues makes me think we have really turned a corner, societally, on GLBT* rights. For them, it’s mundane, it’s status quo. My undergrad students these days had same sex marriage laws in Canada since they were about 11 or 12; they have had sitcoms with queer […]

The Art of the Paragraph

Most students don’t get paragraphing. They are stuck within the faulty and damaging logic of the 5 Paragraph Essay. They can’t think beyond the structure of: Intro Second Strongest Argument Weakest Argument Strongest Argument Conclusion … with a paragraph to each one. If you set them a 10-page essay, they will deliver five 2-page paragraphs; […]

Exercises for Marking Month Wrist Strain

This is a post for all of my academic colleagues who are currently in marking hell. Up until a year ago, I would always end up in a wrist brace come the end of term due to marking strain. With the combination of final term papers, exams, and the inevitable end-of-term influx of regular work—it’s […]

Brief Aside on the Power of Editing

I’m marking my finals and noticing that a student with in-progress writing skills has handed in a final that is obviously his work (especially since I saw a much rougher draft of the same material) but much cleaner and more well-wrought as a piece of writing. My intuition sees in this the marks of this […]