Category Archives: Teaching

A Kind of Summer Ending

It’s June 30th, which means I’m unofficially bringing a certain phase of “summer vacation” to an end.  June has been good: a quality trip home, a few weeks to (re)establish some daily and weekly rhythm and routines, good sleep and … Continue reading

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To Be and To Do

This week Frazz and Caulfield discussed a question that students get asked often (one I’m probably guilty of asking, too).  It’s a good question, though it probably nudges students to more stress than necessary.  Caulfield handles it well . . … Continue reading

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The Work of (This) Summer

After a good trip back home to Tennessee to see family and friends, I’m back in Honolulu adjusting to mostly-free days and evenings.  For many years, summer vacation was difficult for me (and summer school almost a necessity) because of … Continue reading

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Continuing Cultivation

From James K. A. Smith’s recent newsletter over at Image: In May and June, my hands are dirty and I spend a lot of time thinking about sanctification. After the danger of Michigan frost is past, usually after Mother’s Day, … Continue reading

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Start of Summer Words

Thanks to extra concurrent-learning prep during fall break 2020, the summer vacation has started earlier for me and my co-workers.  Our last official day of work was this past Friday, and that was mostly meetings and planning for said meetings.  … Continue reading

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Learning from a Vocational Tale

I recently got around to reading James K. A. Smith’s essay on how his sense of vocation has been changing over these last couple of years.  He wrote it for Christian Century for their “How my mind has changed” topic.  … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: Emphasizing the Syllable of Finals Fear

It’s the end of the school year, which means it’s time for some final exam humor.  Here’s today’s FoxTrot strip by Bill Amend. Since I teach seniors, I gave my last test last week and turned in my grades on … Continue reading

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Twice Bitten, Thrice Shy?

Two years ago, I was serving on two search committees.  One was for our high school’s Christian Ministries coordinator, a position that had been vacant for two years and that I had helped step in to partly fill.  The other … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: Worse Than a Comma Splice

I feel like the 90s version of this was the comma splice or a split infinitive.  I also feel like we weren’t as consistently tired as students seem to be these days.  It’s funny: in education these days, failure is … Continue reading

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Studying Styles

So the who idea of “learning styles” has mostly been debunked (at least if you talk to certain people).  But this week’s FoxTrot by Bill Amend floats the idea of “studying styles,” which is a lot  more possible because I … Continue reading

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