• Emerging and Genre

    I was just talking with a colleague about possible new directions for the writing program at our school and one of the things we started thinking about was genre.  As the content and apparatus for Emerging might ...
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  • Online Classes

    This blog was originally posted on February 25th, 2015.   It’s always surprised me that I don’t teach online.  I am a tech-heavy guy, often an early adopter, and much of my work has involved comp...
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  • Taco Trucks on Every Corner

    The presidential election offers any number of opportunities for writing students to practice critical thinking while examining the ways in which rhetoric, argument, and evidence circulate (sometimes loosely) in the w...
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  • Sick

    I’m just barely getting over a cold as I write this post on this the day that my next batch of posts are due.  It’s my third (fourth?) cold of the year and it has me thinking a lot about the complex n...
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  • Transgender Students in the Classroom

    It was a rough summer here in South Florida, particularly for those of us who are queer.  The shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando hit very close to home.  As more than one friend pointed out, Omar Mat...
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  • The Refugee Crisis: Teaching Aylan Kurdi

    I wanted to spend a couple of posts talking about the Syrian refugee crisis, particularly given the enormous human costs involved.  And I thought I would start with Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian boy whose drowning plac...
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  • The Refugee Crisis: Teaching Compassion

    Compassion plays a large role in the Syrian refugee crisis.  Given its pivotal role in many systems of ethics, I think it’s also a good concept for students to explore not simply for their intellectual grow...
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  • The Refugee Crisis: Using Infographics

    In this series of posts, I’m thinking about ways to teach the Syrian refugee crisis using readings from Emerging.  Infographics offer a unique way for students to think about the crisis while also engaging ...
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  • The Refugee Crisis: Teaching Peace

    Peace is perhaps the best solution to the Syrian refugee crisis, if also the one that sometimes feels most unattainable.  All the more reason, I think, for us to find ways to teach peace in our classrooms. At my ...
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  • Teaching the Election: Gilbert

    In this series of posts (see also Teaching the Election: Intro and Teaching the Election: Appiah) I’m talking about how to teach the election without promoting a single political point of view or allowing studen...
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  • Teaching the Election: Arora and Duhigg

    In this series of posts (see also Teaching the Election: Intro and Teaching the Election: Appiah and Teaching the Election: Gilbert) I’m talking about how to teach the election without promoting a single politic...
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  • Teaching the Election: Appiah

    In this series of posts (see also Teaching the Election: Intro) I’m talking about how to teach the 2016 presidential election without promoting a single political point of view or allowing students to get stubbo...
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  • Teaching the Election: Intro

    I remember back when I was in speech class in middle school our teacher told us there were two subjects one should never discuss in polite company: politics and religion. I’ve mostly stuck to that precept and it...
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  • Emerging 3.0: Wrap-Up

    This post concludes my series on what’s coming in the third edition of Emerging.  In my next series of posts I’ll focus once again on using the text to teach current events.  I also hope to write...
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  • Emerging 3.0: Highlight on O’Connor

    We’ve always had readings on race and ethnicity in Emerging and some of our favorites will be returning for the third edition, including Steve Olson’s “The End of Race: Hawaii and the Mixing of Peopl...
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  • Emerging 3.0: Highlight on Watters

    Ethan Watters almost made it into the second edition of Emerging with a piece about the Westernization of mental illness, looking at how Western psychological conditions and understandings of mental illness have been ...
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  • Emerging 3.0: Trauma Readings

    I was parking my car to go to work as an Assistant Director of the Rutgers Writing Program when I first heard about the planes hitting the towers on September 11, 2001.  I recall it quite clearly because it was 8...
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  • Emerging 3.0: On Art

    I’ve always felt it important to have a good, broad mix of readings in Emerging.  It’s important to address contemporary issues like technology, yes, but it’s equally important to ask students t...
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  • Emerging 3.0: Sexualities and Gender

    Sexualities and gender have always played an important role in Emerging. As a gay man, I have a vested interest in these topics, more so now that I am also serving as the Interim Director for Florida Atlantic Universi...
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  • Emerging 3.0: Technology Readings

    In my last post I highlighted a legal conflict related to technology in the standoff between Apple and the FBI regarding iPhone security.  In this post, I thought I would highlight more of the readings in Emergin...
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