Monthly Archives: February 2016

First, close all the tabs.

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I maintained my edge by always being a student; you will always have something new to learn.

~Jackie Joyner-Kersee

I’ve been trying to be more self-aware lately. I have noticed I have a tendency to pay attention to the details. While that can be a strength, it can also be a hindrance, such as when I’m paying so much attention to the details, I’m not getting things done. Case in point: the browser tabs. Read the rest of this entry

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The joys of assessment

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If you don’t know where you are headed, you’ll probably end up someplace else.

~Douglas J. Eder, Ph.D

Assessment is important. It informs teaching and supports learning.  You should do it. No, you must do it. That’s the sum of what I gleaned in my training as an educator, so when my colleague turned to the professor and I to define summative assessment versus formative assessment, I had to think for a second. Luckily, the professor answered first…and then turned to me to make sure she got it right. Apparently, I look like I know things. Read the rest of this entry

Bearded in the studio mirror: exploring masculinity through dance (an observation)

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The dancers stood in a circle, listening to the instructions. About thirty-five. It was a large circle. Some barefoot, some in socks. A few in hats. A few with beards. In departure from the typical dance class, it was composed entirely of male students.

Think of a word that embodies you. Create a movement to give life to this word. Repeat the movement with your eyes closed. Hold that movement. Eyes closed, allow your body to carry your word. They stood motionless in thought Read the rest of this entry

Tl;dr – I’m very excited

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Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!

It’s time to try
Defying gravity
I think I’ll try
Defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down!

Defying Gravity | Wicked

I figured I would give a nod to my love of performing arts there. Nice touch, right? A few updates on my residency experience Read the rest of this entry