Stomp Out These Common English Errors

October 10, 2007

From homophones to the Great Vowel Shift to good ol’ colloquialisms, there are plenty of reasons that the English language has a hard time making the transfer from talk to text. If reading your students’ papers has become tortuous for … Continued

Finally, Find Out Where Your Dogs Are At

October 1, 2007

I have two pet peeves. 1) Poor grammar usage. 2) Comic-Sans. Fortunately, Big Dog’s Grammar is helping to alleviate ONE of the two frustrations, but perpetuating the other. The guide is a quick and painless MLA list of standards that … Continued

Its You’re Fault if There Not Learning Grammar

September 27, 2007

In this age of grammatical informality brought on by email, IM, texting, and yes, blogs, I cackled like a bitter old man when I read the headline to Brian Clark’s Copyblogger post, “Five Grammatical Errors That Make You Look Dumb.” … Continued

How to Write Blogs and Influence People

September 14, 2007

In our rush to infuse our lesson plans with tools like blogs, wikis, and other fun words that didn’t exist until a couple years ago, we must remind ourselves this stuff is still new to a lot of teachers. And … Continued

Time to Make Time for Time Management Time

September 12, 2007

It’s hard to manage time in a room full of people who want you to waste it. No student is going to remind you to “Get back to the lecture; we’ve had enough tangential dilly-dally.” Meanwhile, the temptation to let … Continued