Category Archives: The Old College Try: Year One

This category will be the home for those blog entries related to my life as a college professor.

The Old College Try: Things Taken For Granted


Today was a breakwall day.  You know those days where you feel like you’re like a breakwall surrounding a harbor continually being battered by the waves.  Today was one of those days in each of my sections.  Between an adult … Continue reading

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The Old College Try: What I Make Teaching Developmental English


It’s late and I should be in bed getting ready for some sleep.  Tomorrow I’m teaching non-stop from 10-2pm followed by 30 minutes of office hours, a 90-minute department meeting, and what will amount to a 2-hour commute home.  Instead, … Continue reading

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The Old College Try: When Doors Open


I’m in the middle of grading and writing lesson plans as the middle of the 3rd week of classes gets under way.  And while I’m busy, I really, really dig the beginning of a semester!  You can almost “see” the … Continue reading

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The Old College Try: You’re On Candid Camera!


One week from today will mark the end of the first day of classes for the spring semester–hard to believe I’ve been off campus for an entire month!  During my extensive break, I’ve tried to spend a little working on … Continue reading

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The Old College Try: Finals Week


And in the blink of an eye, final exams are here. It seems only a few months ago, I was in front of two new groups of students at the beginning of a new year.  Now, classes have dwindled in … Continue reading

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The Old College Try: Coaching in the Classroom.


I’m going into my fifth year of teaching so I still consider myself something of a neophyte teacher.  Still, I’m fortunate to have some non-traditional background that I bring with me into my classroom–particularly that of having been in the … Continue reading

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The Old College Try: Welcome to the Middle of Nowhere!


It’s been some time since my last post.   For the three consistent readers out there, my apologies!-)  It’s the end of October, midterms are nearly two weeks since passed, and now I’m beginning to try and find a vision for … Continue reading

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