• Pandemic Political Psychology

    “If public health officials recommended that everyone stay at home for a month because of a serious outbreak of coronavirus in your community, how likely are you to stay home for a month?”   When Ga...
    David Myers
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  • “We” in Teacher Feedback: Reflecting on our Feedback Voices

    For the past few months, I have been analyzing the feedback I gave first-year composition students during the spring 2019 semester—looking for patterns in my lexical choices, references, and syntax. Student prog...
    Miriam Moore
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  • Grammar Girl & Ideas for Teaching Online

      This blog series is written by Julia Domenicucci, an editor at Macmillan Learning, in conjunction with Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl.     Grammar Girl podcasts can be smoothly integra...
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  • Teaching (and Recording) Oral Histories During a Pandemic

      Listening, as I do almost every week, to StoryCorps on NPR, I have been struck by how quickly that organization has adapted to the new pandemic conditions, shifting from two people face to face in a booth reco...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Race Relations and the LA Riots, 28 Years Later

    28 years ago today marked the beginning of one of the most prolific events in American History: the LA riots. Five days of civil unrest led to numerous assaults, property damage, and race relations deteriorated drasti...
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  • Morgellons-19: Empathy and Epidemics

    Morgellons, the controversial disease at the heart of Leslie Jamison’s essay “Devil’s Bait,” differs from COVID-19 in significant ways. And yet Jamison’s central question seems usefully r...
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  • Well-being strategies: Reflection, discussion, or database practice

    On the Facebook page for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Pooja V. Anand posted this excellent list of 16 “strategies for maintaining well-being during COVID19 Crisis.” Self-reflection: reflec...
    Sue Frantz
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  • RESEARCH NOTE | Early Warning Signs: Research-Based Insights on First-Year Student Course Struggles

    Colleges and universities continue to focus considerable effort on supporting first-year students on their journey to academic success. Many campuses look to academic indicators like midterm deficiencies to flag stude...
    Andrew Lundner
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  • No Exceptions: or the End of a Mythology

      One of the key principles of Signs of Life in the U.S.A. is the critical role that cultural mythologies play in shaping human consciousness and the way we experience our world. So, as we face a pandemic disease...
    Jack Solomon
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  • Screen Time and Social Skills

    Many people (parents especially) worry that all our screen time will impair our ability to function in real social situations. This study suggests that's not the case. Study: Screen Time Has Little Impact on Kids...
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  • Maintaining Engagement & Helping Future Historians

    For me, and no doubt many others in the Macmillan Community, staying motivated since the widespread social distancing orders and campus shutdowns began in March has been extremely difficult. I’d love to be able ...
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  • Semiotics in the Time of a Plague

    Feeling like I have been unwillingly dropped into a Camus novel (The Plague) or famous diary (Pepys's will do), I find writing this blog to be a very strange experience. The thing is, in spite of multiple reasons to b...
    Jack Solomon
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  • Keeping Calm and Carrying On

      Well, I'm trying at any rate. Right now that means moving along with the 10th edition of Signs of Life in the U.S.A. We're in the copyediting stage, which can be (and is being) conducted entirely through digit...
    Jack Solomon
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  • COVID and the Mental Health of People Young and Old

    Those mindful of our human need to belong are surely unsurprised by the emotional challenges of shelter-in-place life. As social animals, our ancestors—and we, too—have flourished when connected in close, ...
    David Myers
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  • Teaching, Writing, and Quarantine: This is a Mess

    It’s Easter Sunday, it’s raining, and I’ve been in my house for almost a month. I was hoping this blog post would come together quickly, that I would have some technical trick or insightful advice to...
    Miriam Moore
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  • Netflix documentaries now on YouTube

    Netflix has made ten of their documentaries available on their YouTube channel.   For many years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen documentaries in their classrooms. However, this isn’t poss...
    Sue Frantz
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  • Plagiarism in the Pandemic

    Today’s guest blogger is Tanya Rodrigue, an associate professor in English and coordinator of the Writing Intensive Curriculum Program at Salem State University in Massachusetts.   Since college ...
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  • Learning About Online Schooling

      I am thinking every single day of all the teachers of writing across the country who are now teaching their classes online, and wondering how it is going, how difficult it is to prepare for these classes, how ...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Going Virtual: Student Onboarding Tips & Tricks

    Natalie Dougall, Faculty Advocate and iClicker Trainer, discusses best practices for onboarding your students with iClicker in a virtual classroom. She shows how you can incorporate iClicker into your course with mini...
    Sara Jo Lee
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  • Classroom Connections: Coronavirus Edition

    Many instructors who began the semester in face-to-face classes have spent the last weeks breathlessly surfing all seven waves of grief. It started with shock, if not denial, as we helped our students adjust to the re...
    April Lidinsky
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