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That’s a Wrap…

After reading over 500 pages a week, knocking off 6000 word essays like it’s my job, grading papers until I have nightmares about grammatical errors, and spending a small fortune in coffee at the Trend – I can’t believe the Public Texts program my time at Trent is just about over. So I figured for […]

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TAship: O Sweet Karma!

I recall being a  first-year student quite well.  It was an exciting, if not a little nerve-wracking, time.  The adjustment from high school to university forces you to switch gears entirely.  My time was consumed by schedules.  Attending lectures and tutorials, job interviews, and coffee with friends became squeezed in between sleep, eating, and working.  […]

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This is what happens when you let me mould minds:

Remember that post I did a while back, on sketching out my lesson plan for teaching Othello to my first year English students, where if they chose to do a bonus assignment that creatively and critically analysed the play and/or its characters I’d tack on up to 20% to their lowest grade so far (makes for […]

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Shakespeare got to get paid, son.

When I told my ENGL 1000 students that the next work we’d be studying was Shakespeare’s Othello, the looks they gave me were… chilling. They might as well have been O himself after hearing that his sweet loving Desi had been a lil’ bit TOO sweet and loving, if ya know what mean. Here’s the thing: […]

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3 things camp counselling taught me about TA-ing

Most grad students will work as a Teaching Assistant (TA) to fund their education. You need the money, the university needs the staff, it’s a win-win situation. Of course, when it comes to actually marking TOWERS of essays/exams when you’ve got your own essays/exams/presentations to worry about, this win-win situation more often than not morphs […]

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