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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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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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