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Engaging a Distracted Student

Today in class, I caught the same student texting three times, within ten minutes.  I used nonverbal responses and slowly escalated, in order to keep my reaction from interrupting the flow of the class discussion.  Yes, we want to treat students like adults; yes, whatever was distracting her may really be serious; yes, she has paid her tuition and it’s her choice whether she chooses to make the most of…

I'm quitting the Internet. Will I be liberated or left behind?

I sometimes ask my students to do a “media fast,” in which everyone tries to give up whatever is getting in the way.  The last time I assigned the “media fast,” I had noticed that I would often ask my older son read a book to my younger daughter, as a way of keeping them both occupied while I tried to finish an e-mail or blog entry.  So while most…