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Whether writing with style or making a deadline, it was a tough week for all

March 22, 2014

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This was a tough week for all of us, and you could tell by our tweets. First, Comm 2221. It was midterm week (even though the semester is a month away from the end), and our assignment is in two parts: 50-questions of AP Style and current events, followed by a deadline writing assignment. Sent […]

College Freakonomics: Learning How to Learn and Surviving a Screw Up

January 4, 2013

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My podcast obsession recently led me to Freakonomics radio, where I clicked on the two-part “Freakonomics Goes to College.” Part 1 was a look at how shockingly easily a college education can be falsified through online classes at for-profit colleges, or even the simple purchase of a diploma (for $180 I can get a degree […]

Guest Speakers Add so Much to a Class–Until They Don’t

November 17, 2011

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One of the best parts of being part of a university like Ohio State in a close-knit town like Columbus is the quality and quantity of experienced guest speakers we welcome to our classes. This quarter we have had major newspaper writers and videographers, Pulitzer Prize winners, bloggers, police chiefs, politicians and television news personalities. […]

Learning to Read the Sports Page with Aaron Portzline

November 1, 2011

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I have breakfast with Aaron Portzline every morning. Get your mind out of then gutter–it’s not like that. Aaron is the Columbus Dispatch reporter covering our NHL team, the Blue Jackets, which has made him something like a Greek storyteller, covering triumph and tragedy, farce and frivolity. And around our house, he is a little […]

What Happens When the Art of Revision Gets Messy?

October 14, 2011

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Revision sucks. Revision, which in French means “to see again,” is the fresh vegetables of writing–it’s really good for you, and you need it in your life, but a lot of people hate it. Ignoring it doesn’t mean you don’t need it, and you surely can’t live without it. And that last part is a […]

Teaching to the Test

August 28, 2011

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As my 10-year-old son sat at his computer one night last spring, sweat began trickling down the side of his face like he was in the “Marathon Man” dental chair. His eyes darted between the monitor and the keyboard, willing his brain to find the right answer and his fingers to type the right key–as […]

I Read Today…

September 7, 2010

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I read today that you need to make $75,000 a year to be happy. That, according to an AP article in the Columbus Dispatch, is the launch point from which people feel comfortable in their financial standing. And that, the article said, means happiness for many. Now I now a lot of people who make […]