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Archive for June, 2005

God, Academic Freedom, and English

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

The Victorville Daily Press reports that a student at Victor Valley Community College received an “F” on an English paper for using the word “God” forty-one times (Term paper about ‘God’ earns student failing grade):

[Student Bethany] Hauf’s teacher approved her term paper topic — Religion and its Place within the Government — on one condition: […]

It Still Fits!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

I had the honor of officiating last week at the retirement of an officer who worked for me when I was still on active duty. The retirement took place at Arnold Air Force Base near Tullahoma, TN. It was a nostalgia rush getting back into the uniform after four and a half […]

Content in the Classroom

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

I am about a quarter of the way through Weimer’s “Learner-Centered Teaching.” As I said in a previous post, this book is changing the way I think about teaching. Weimer presents her ideas about teaching and learning in five different areas. She devotes a chapter to each. The first of these […]

“I’m not a department head, but I play one on TV”

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

I am acting department head this summer. Our usual DH wanted the summer off, and she looks at this as “training” for me, since she expects I’ll eventually take over for good.
Days like today make me wonder if it’s not more of a disincentive. I was hoping to put in a […]


Monday, June 20th, 2005

It’s Mountain Dulcimer Week at Western, which means there are tons of dulcimer players of all sorts on campus, participating in various workshops. If you’re unfamiliar with the mountain dulcimer, it’s a stringed instrument that has its roots in the Appalachians. Here’s a nice picture that shows some typical-looking mountain dulcimers. But […]


Saturday, June 18th, 2005

One of my old high school band buddies (and first college roommate) came to visit this weekend. And my parents were in town as well. So we took the opportunity for some sightseeing.
One of our favorite outings with guests is to visit a couple of nearby waterfalls in the Nantahala National […]

Involved Parents = Better Students (Film at 11)

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) puts out a monthly magazine called Edutopia, which focuses on innovation in the classroom (elementary and secondary). It is available in print form or online (www.edutopia.org). I started subscribing a few years back when I though my research might take me in the direction of K-12 educational […]

“Learner-Centered” from a Christian Perspective

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

I am in the middle of Maryellen Weimer’s “Learner-Centered Teaching,” and I am beginning to wonder how I will ever lecture again. Every so often, I read a book with life-changing potential, and I’m beginning to think this is one such book. The subtitle — Five Key Changes to Practice — is most […]


Thursday, June 9th, 2005

There will probably be little (if any) posting over the next few days. Here’s an exercise to keep you busy.
Come up with a paragraph that uses all three of the following words in a meaningful way: pell-mell, sequacious, and tintinnabulation.
Hee, hee!
My thanks to Mr. Clarke.

Children’s Books

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

Sometime back I listed several books in my summer reading queue. I’ve been through a couple of those and will get back eventually with my thoughts. But I’d like to talk about my other summer reading program: reading to my daughter.
To be honest, this is really just a continuation of our normal […]

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