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Academic life

Teaching time! Keep calm and lecture on

It's Labour Day weekend, and in Canada, that means the school year for everyone from kindergartners to university students kicks off on Tuesday. The long weekend is always a nice way to mark the end of summer. And what teacher doesn't want an extra day to prepare, amiright? Maybe I've been at this long enough… Continue reading Teaching time! Keep calm and lecture on

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Academic life

What we bring to the classroom

The first episode of Queer Eye S4 featured a former teacher of host Jonathan, a woman who ran the high school music and theatre programs with legendary commitment and care. This episode had me openly weeping before the Fab 5 even walked into the school. By the end of the show, I was feeling all… Continue reading What we bring to the classroom

Academic life

The work versus the job

An academic job is actually many jobs in one: teacher, administrator, researcher, writer, mentor, project manager, curriculum developer, public expert... I could go on. So how do you decide, on any given day, where to invest your time, energy, hope, and aspirations? Last week I was away on a writing retreat with three colleagues with… Continue reading The work versus the job