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Deconstructing “Active Listening”

A few weeks ago, “Whole Body Listening Larry” made the rounds of the autistic community: The discussion at the time centered on how Larry’s approach to listening is a neurotypical-centric one, and that, for many neurodivergent people (including autistic people), … Continue reading

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Want to Read My Newest Scholarly Article? You Know You Do!

And now you can! ScholarWorks’s “recommended citation” (clearly not in MLA format): Ryskamp, Dani Alexis (2014) “Neurodiversity’s Lingua Franca?: The Wild Iris, Autobiography of Red, and the Breakdown of Cognitive Barriers Through Poetic Language,” The Hilltop Review: Vol. 7: Iss. … Continue reading

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Teaching the (Ab)Normal

  Our first-year writing program requires me to teach four basic genres of writing commonly encountered in college classrooms.  But it has almost no requirements in addition to these, which gives me a lot of flexibility in how I teach … Continue reading

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No, Really, I Love Teaching

The phrase that comes out of my mouth most often during exam week is “no, really, I love teaching.” I never have to justify my love of teaching at any other time of year – only during the week after … Continue reading

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Professor Tiresias Posts Midterm Grades

After a hyper-efficient round of grading, my students’ midterm grades have been released into the wild.  And I feel like old blind Tiresias. I feel this way at the midpoint of every semester.  Based on their performance to date, I … Continue reading

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Teaching Like a Lawyer: Medical Malpractice and the Art of Persuasion

My first day on the job as a new insurance-defense associate, the partner I worked for told me that there were three primary considerations in any case: the law, the experts, and the emotional appeal. To win, a lawyer needed … Continue reading

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That Professor I Hated: Attendance

In the tradition of teaching what you most need to learn, the abyss staring back into you, &etc., I have become the teacher of freshman comp that my own freshman self hated. This week: Attendance. Throughout my own undergrad years, … Continue reading

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