• How to Create Passion around Study Skills

    “I am passionate about study skills, and I bet you’re wondering how that’s possible…”   I always start my classes this way and most students either laugh out loud or look at me in...
    Jamie Shushan
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  • Multimodal Mondays: Image-A-Day Challenge

    Today’s guest blogger is Kim Haimes-Korn, a Professor of English and Digital Writing at Kennesaw State University. Kim’s teaching philosophy encourages dynamic learning and critical digital literacies...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Bedford New Scholar Carrie Wilson's mission is to help students hone media literacy skills

    Carrie Wilson (recommended by Bret Zawilski) is wrapping up her MA in English this May 2019 at Appalachian State University. She has taught Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum and Expository Writin...
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  • Changes Coming to Achieve Read & Practice for 2020

    We have been doing A LOT of work on Achieve Read & Practice this fall, so here's a recap of what you and your students will have for January 2020.    Course List:  The Course List redesign (that y...
    Becky Anderson
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  • Angry Birds

    No, this blog is not going to be about that wildly popular video game and movie franchise; it’s about Twitter and some very distinct signs of life in the USA that may be found there in some rather unexpected pla...
    Jack Solomon
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  • What Young People Are Worried About

      I just spent a weekend with high school and college students from seven sites in the U.S.: Lawrence, MA; Santa Fe, NM; Middlebury, VT; Aiken, SC; Atlanta, GA; Window Rock, AZ (on the Navajo Nation); and Louisv...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Talking Science with Non-Scientists in the Anthropocene

    I have been talking with my students about how we talk about science, particularly as non-scientists. After all, whether or not they understood the fine details of climate science, energized students from our campus a...
    April Lidinsky
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  • A Note on “Visual Ethics”

      I’ve recently been working on revisions of some of my textbooks and have been reading more and more about how easily images can be manipulated or falsified. I remember reading Kenneth Brower’s galv...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • I Have A Dream, 56 Years Later

       photo credit:  The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division   August is for vacations, air con...
    Steven Huang
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  • Cardiac Arrest and the Conscious Experience of Death

      “Death is reversible.” So began NYU medical center’s director of Critical Care and Resuscitation Research Science, Sam Parnia, at a recent research consultation on people’s death experi...
    David Myers
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  • A Five-Step Model for Speech Preparation

    In the introductory human communication course or public speaking course, it can be challenging for students to see speech preparation as a developmental process. Many students come into introductory courses having do...
    Joseph Ortiz
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  • Food Literacy and Student Achievement

      Some time ago I wrote about a forthcoming book about a food literacy program ongoing at Fern Creek High School in Kentucky, and about the truly dramatic difference that program has made in the lives of student...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Videos Offer Lively “How-To” Writing Lessons

    I love to show short videos in class. A brief and lively video often sets the right mood in class, creating a communal moment, providing a shared language and new perspective to answer students’ questions about ...
    Nancy Sommers
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  • Talking through Some Teachable Moments (Dealing with Difficult Comments)

    In my last blog, I wrote about the frustrations of dealing with difficult student questions (“So what are we doing?”) and the possibilities for instruction embedded in those questions. Similarly, I’v...
    Miriam Moore
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  • RESEARCH NOTE | How Roommate Agreements Support the On-Campus Resident Experience

    For many students living on campus, the roommate relationship plays an important role in their housing experience and the benefits associated with it. Many institutions now encourage or even require residents to compl...
    Andrew Lundner
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  • Educational equity is Bedford New Scholar Leah Beth Johnston's hope for higher ed

    Leah Beth Johnston (recommended by Elías Domínguez Barajas) is pursuing her PhD in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Arkansas. She will finish her degree in 2022. ...
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  • Origins of Halloween

    Pumpkins, scary decorations, an overabundance of fun-sized candy in your grocery store--it’s Halloween! It’s the one day all kids look forward to as they knock on doors with their friends and loved ones to...
    Steven Huang
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  • RESEARCH NOTE | The Student Teaching Experience

    Teacher education programs are tasked with setting a curriculum and building learning experiences that prepares students for the challenges and rigors of professional teaching. One major learning experience is student...
    Andrew Lundner
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  • What We're Talking About When We Talk About Cultural Semiotics

    When Sonia and I began working on the first edition of Signs of Life in the U.S.A. in 1992, semiotics was still regarded as a rather obscure scholarly discipline generally associated with literary theory and linguisti...
    Jack Solomon
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  • Who Will You Dress Up As This Halloween?

      On this Halloween, I am in Lawrence, MA, joining the Andover Bread Loaf group of teachers from Lawrence’s public schools and the students who act as writing consultants throughout the city. Founded, insp...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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