Validation.

Validation presents itself in many ways.  Today it arrived via a graduating student’s visit.  In the short hour that we visited I was delighted to learn that he realized that so many of the things we have students do in our program added up to more than the sum of their parts.  He learned this…
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Grading B-I-N-G-O

It is that time of year again – grading time.  I always enter this period with optimism, but about halfway in my optimism starts to degrade and I begin thinking of quicker, less painful ways to grade.  My favorite creative idea for grading when I hit this point in the grading crunch is to throw…
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My Heart Is A Tiny Piece Of Coal…

One of the things that college faculty become well-acquainted with are excuses.  After teaching for a few years you recognize that the same old excuses come up again and again.  I don’t pay too much mind to excuses.  My students know there are limits to my flexibility and my patience.  They know that I will…
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An E Ticket Semester…

Today was my first day of teaching in the Spring 2013 semester.  In the spring I teach two of my favorite classes – Disaster Response and Business Continuity & Crisis Management (BCCM).  These classes both require heavy student engagement, and as such, the class dynamic is very important.  I always hold my breath a bit…
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You Can’t Duck The Facts.

Today was Family Day at NDSU.  Families of NDSU students were welcomed to campus to participate in a number of activities with their NDSU student.  The Department of Emergency Management had a couple of tables filled with lots of free emergency management “stuff” and of course our preparedness icons – the rubber ducks.  I have to…
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