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Why we still need the foreign language requirement

October 10, 2016 • ~

With the country’s sizable (but shrinking) monolingual population, required language courses are under constant pressure to prove their worth. Of course, thousands of graduates each year will use their language skills in fields such as healthcare, law, or public administration. But for students who will not continue beyond the required course sequence, university decision makers… Read More ›

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How I embraced Twitter to promote student productivity


If I had to name the leading cause of distraction in my classroom it would be, without any doubt, the smartphone. Most if not all of our millennial students have one, and I would venture to say that the overwhelming majority of them use at least one social media app as well. Chances are that… Read More ›

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Have you seen the 2015 teacher draft?


The very funny Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key imagine an alternative reality where teachers are drafted and celebrated with the same fanfare as professional athletes. It’s based on K-12, but post-secondary educators should get a chuckle out of this one too. There’s even play-by-play of a real classroom interaction; the suspense builds as the teacher… Read More ›

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7 mistakes that teachers make (and how to avoid them)


As this last semester came to a close, I met with some fellow educators that had begun teaching around the same time as my cohort (i.e. when Nickelback was on the radio). With nostalgia we reminisced of the emotion, anxiety, and at times mild terror we felt during our first semester in front of a class, as… Read More ›

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