An English Composition Teacher’s Dream

Each new semester I start out with a positive outlook. I think about the new students, maybe some former ones as well. My syllabus is well-crafted, having paid copious attention to the details, assignments, and goals for the course – each element to build on the next new skill. Students are enthusiastic and swarm aboutContinue reading “An English Composition Teacher’s Dream”

Determination: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues

Determination. Today, I am grateful for the virtue determination. I was able to finish grading papers today; but without determination to complete the job, I might have slacked or waited until the last minute. Students’ papers take time to read, and complete concentration is needed to accomplish the task. At the start of my task,Continue reading “Determination: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues”

Don’t Wait for Permission

(2 of 3) In Speaking of Change, we discussed fears and contemplated reasons we may make to stay stagnant in our lives rather than move forward. I hope that this note may help confront one of the many, but powerful reasons not to embrace our inner changes – feeling as if we need permission toContinue reading “Don’t Wait for Permission”