I often receive questions from current and former students, either by email or through WeChat. Sometimes they’re about something specific at the university, others they’re about a muddy grammatical rule, and still others they’re in pursuit of culturally-specific usages within English. The last kind are my favorite. But regardless of the type of question, I… Continue reading Cultural impediments
I know some of this is latent caffeination. Some of it is the new job I’ve just taken. Also in the mix is my anxiety about the state of the world, including those suffering through a notably bad hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. But I’ve been awake since 3 a.m., and… Continue reading A brighter burn
I’ll be running around between north and south campuses this week, teaching first year university students and graduate students alike… but I’ll be back to teaching and that makes me so happy.
Between jetlag and starting work again, it’s been a very strange time in life. But today I received my final initiation to being a teacher in China: a student brought his mother to my office and asked me to change his grade. I had just finished checking my data entry for the scores of the… Continue reading Initiation complete
This past weekend was the first ever Writing Center Association of China (WCAC) conference, which was held at my university. The conference was relatively small, but it was one of the most encouraging and positive academic experiences of my life. Before I share my thoughts on the conference (and my presentation!), I want to share… Continue reading Girl on fire
Teaching is done. I was never so happy to have a last day of class as I was last Friday. It felt wrong in some strange way, but I know it’s good for me that I can say goodbye to both of my subpar classes from this semester. The semester is nearly over. I administer… Continue reading Hitting “reset”
I survived the empty classroom. I didn’t cry like I thought I might, which is a big step up from earlier this semester.