Classroom as Microcosm
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Siobhan Curious teaches English literature at a CEGEP in Montreal.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Why You Should Fall In Love
With Abed Nadir
February 25, 2013 09:33AM
- Betraying Elmo
November 13, 2012 07:48AM
- Buying My House #2: Money
Really Doesn't Grow On Trees
October 01, 2012 01:03PM
- Things I Learned From Buying a
House #1: I Can Do It
October 01, 2012 01:01PM
- Who's to Blame for the Mess in
May 23, 2012 09:43AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Lyn: be my guest! Next
time you're in Montreal, come
February 25, 2013 10:18AM
needs not one but four English
credits, and at this
January 31, 2012 02:21PM
- “GD: see today's post for
January 23, 2012 10:47AM
- “GD: Well, thank you, and
I'm sure I'd feel the same
January 17, 2012 02:35PM
- “Thanks Alysa! I think
just walking in with the
at least some of
January 16, 2012 12:33PM
Siobhan Curious's Links
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Today is the first day of the new semester. I'm not exactly pumped. I've been working all weekend to find a motivator, or an inspiration, or a visualization to turn to when I feel it's all too much. What's my objective for the next fifteen weeks? What… Read full post »
For English teachers, reading for pleasure can be tough. After grading papers all day, the last thing I want to do is read more. Also, my personal reading has become subtly oriented toward finding material for my courses; I seem to be approaching every novel and memoir through the (imagin… Read full post »
(Actually, it's a little past that time of year - it was that time of year, oh, two weeks ago, when it was still last year.)
Nevertheless: a roundup!
Here are the posts from Classroom as Microcosm that received the most hits this year. The reasons… Read full post »
I have once again received a very interesting query from a reader. The blog will be on hiatus until January 9, so you'll have lots of time to think about it and respond! Jan Simpson would like to know: if you had to design an education system from scratch, how would you/… Read full post »
As is usual this time of year, I'm dealing with a trying student. Yesterday, as a cathartic measure, I prepared a post in which I collated our email exchange since the beginning of the semester. If you are not me, this exchange is no doubt extremely entertaining. (If you are/… Read full post »
Siobhan: Open memo to a student who shall remain nameless: Going into your final paper, you had an overall average of 59.7%. Did you not feel the stakes were high enough to invest half an hour in formatting/… Read full post »
This week, The Tenured Radical has an imaginary conversation with her imaginary college-age progeny in which she explains why he/she should not cheat in order to get through the hellish last weeks of the semester. In the process, she directs us to some more online cheating reso/… Read full post »
On Monday, I published a letter from S, who feels the urge to delete friends from her social networks when they write updates full of grammatical errors. You had lots of interesting responses. Here's mine.
I sympathize. I really do. But I can't commiserate… Read full post »
Dear Auntie Siobhan,
Would you consider writing a post on the issues of being an English teacher and social media user?
When I read status… Read full post »
(The assignment is a real one: a report on a series of oral presentations in which students "sold" books to the class. The books were assigned from a list that I created. T… Read full post »
On Monday, I posted a letter I received from a reader, asking advice about whether he should stay in college. I promised you I would post my reply today, and here it is. I sent this response before posting his letter here, and before reading your thoughts on his situation/… Read full post »
Dear Auntie Siobhan:
My senior year of high school I found myself going from a good student in AP… Read full post »
In my remedial class, we have been talking for two weeks about paraphrasing, integrating quotations, citing sources and so forth. Nevertheless, three students have received zeroes on the first version of their final paper because of incorrect use of source material.
There a… Read full post »
Two weeks left in the semester. I am trying not to drown. I can't write much today, but please read this and tell me what you think: is there such a thing as too nice, especially where female academics are concerned?
What do you think higher education is for?
Back in September, Richard Kahlenberg gave a convocation speech in which he outlined five "Purposes of Higher Education." I don't entirely buy them. Kahlenberg, in his speech, is critical of the extent to which higher education/… Read full post »
Last week, the Atlantic published an article that takes a new perspective on the problem of bullying. The upshot: prevention is all very well, but not enough is being done to treat victims of bullying after the fact, and such treatment might be a way to stop the bullying c/… Read full post »
It's no use telling them that learning is a good thing, period. They're taking seven or eight classes. Some are doing "part-time" jobs that have them working thirty hours a week. Making out with their boyfriends… Read full post »
Anthologies are odd. They're compiled of a lot of stuff that someone thinks we should read, and so they have little to do with the real experience of reading. Being a "reader" is as much about wandering down the aisle of a bookstore looking for attractive covers, or downloading an/… Read full post »
In an early post of mine, you can read about a couple of games that I have used in my classes to get students moving, talking and thinking: a getting-to-know-you game, and a grammar relay race. A few weeks ago, a reader (OnQuicken), left a comment on that old post, asking to he/… Read full post »
So I came across this Wikihow site the other day. It details 120 ways to cheat on a test.
Does this say something about:
a) kids these days?
b) human nature?
c) the inevitable descent into absolute amorality/immorality for which the internet will prove responsible?
d) a re… Read full post »
This is the final post in our series "What Students Think Should Change About School." In today's post, Ruth explains that our fixation on getting everyone to university means a poorer education for everyone.
Society has this idea that certain levels of education are necessary for a p… Read full post »
It seems that there are a lot of things students would change about school if they could. For example, MaplesAndMerriment thinks that students need a clearer understanding of why they are in school at all.
This is Post #4 in a 5-part series on what students think should change… Read full post »
Today's post is from Katy George, who believes that we need to change our attitude toward grades.
I am currently a senior in… Read full post »