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This is your brain on stress.

I am a person who prides myself on being responsive and reliable. This requires being organized and on-task. But this week, I am tired. I am stressed. I am not myself. I have made mistakes that have made me shake my head. Here is just a sample of some …

6 Tips to Deter Zoom-bombers

It is strange to share a resource that I hope will never need to be used. But here it is. What is a Zoom-bomber? Zoom is a synchronous (live) web conferencing tool that is fantastic for fostering meaningful instructor-student and student-student intera…

I See You.

A few weeks ago, I attended my 30th high school reunion. As the event grew closer, I found myself filled with feelings that took me right back to those perilous, judgy teen-age years. I did not enjoy high school and I found myself shaking my head wonde…

Rigor through Empathy

Last night, I watched a recording of a powerful presentation given by Dr. Jeff Duncan, of San Francisco State University titled, Equality or Equity: Which One Will We Feed? It’s a long presentation (1.5 hours) but it was far more worth my time la…

Equity and Inclusive Teaching

Equity is becoming a stronger focus in higher education as student demographics become increasingly diverse. But what is equity? And what role will teaching play in these efforts?
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On Unplugging

Oh, the irony. Two weeks ago, I posed a prompt about Unplugging to the Reflective Writing Club community, #CCCWrite. I knew just what I would write about. And didn’t write within the timeframe I should have. Rather than feeling shame for this and…