First Teachers

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Teaching teachers—it’s what I thought about doing 20 years ago while finishing Ph.D. studies. If I teach 100 students to write, I reasoned, I will influence 100, but, if I teach 100 graduate students who will one day teach writing—you do the math—teachers of teachers influence thousands. But I ended up sticking with first-semester students […]

A New Dream

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Not because of the things I’m doing now—but because of the things I’m not doing— It’s why I’ve decided to retire. Yesterday, Charlotte and I called old friends we haven’t seen in 20 years. There were stories, familiar laughs and a few tears. 20 years! Which is about as long as I’ve been teaching college […]