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Date registered: June 23, 2013

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  1. “What did you do this summer?” — September 8, 2016
  2. Creativity and Time — March 21, 2016
  3. “What do we do with a problem like Brian Williams?” — June 15, 2015
  4. If I could save time in a bottle… — January 12, 2015
  5. A letter to Angela — July 22, 2014

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Sep 08

“What did you do this summer?”

It’s a common enough question for people who work in academia. Our annual cycle is different — our years start in September and end in May, and summer is our time to tackle everything that the “regular year” couldn’t hold. That may mean research, course refinement, professional education and, of course, lots of reading. And …

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Mar 21

Creativity and Time

It’s time to talk about time again. As soon as this video started, I could see its direction. The premise is straightforward and simple: given 10 seconds, a group of kids will draw the most obvious solution. Given 10 minutes, they will come up with something more creative and you’ll get a wider range of …

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Jun 15

“What do we do with a problem like Brian Williams?”

If you’re hearing the nuns from The Sound of Music right now, I apologize. But the question remains valid. What do we do with a charming, likeable national news anchor who lied? Many people have argued that his intent was good even if the lie was not, that it was an honest mistake even though …

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Jan 12

If I could save time in a bottle…

If only I had more time… It seems like a lot of people I know say that — myself especially. If only I could find more time, then I could get “caught up.” More time would mean less stress, or higher quality work, or both. So why is it that I’m constantly running to keep …

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Jul 22

A letter to Angela

A recent post on PBS’s “EdShift” blog by Angela Washeck has caused a certain amount of buzz in the journalism education world. In her column, Washeck, a professional journalist, talks about her experience earning a teaching certificate in the State of Texas, with an eye on becoming a high school journalism teacher. She writes that …

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Jul 14

Watching Neshaminy

I’ll be keeping an eye on The Playwickian during the coming school year. For those unfamiliar, The Playwickian is the student newspaper for Neshaminy High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This particular student newspaper is currently embroiled in a struggle with its school board over the use of the word “Redskins,” the nickname of the …

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Jun 03

Bake your own bread

Everyone should learn how to bake bread. Yes, this is relevant to this blog. About a year ago, I made the decision to stop purchasing store-made bread and starting making my own. At first it was novel, fun. I tried different recipes, played with different places around the house for optimal rising and eagerly watched …

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Aug 06

Define “inappropriate”

in·ap·pro·pri·ate – adjective \ˌi-nə-ˈprō-prē-ət\: not appropriate, unsuitable* I am breaking one of the rules on leads that I teach here — starting with some variation of “Webster’s dictionary defines…” is one of the older schticks out there, and it shows its age. But I thought I’d get that out of the way before jumping into …

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Jul 22

“Click” goes the moral moment

Three seemingly unrelated tweets gave me pause today…. First, “Boston University independent student newspaper apologizes after making light of rape.” It seems that BU’s student newspaper’s police column had a habit of creating witty, pun-filled headlines for entries on assault, breaking and entering, and racially motivated vandalism. After one student called the newspaper out on …

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Jul 21

Nurturing media literacy

Remember Weekly Reader? Every Friday, your teacher handed out a four-page newspaper with the news of the day, but written just for you. I loved it, and looking back over old issues, I love it more. It didn’t condescend, it didn’t marginalize important topics and it didn’t shy away from controversy. It made me want …

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