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What the Best College Teachers Do.

Ken Bain is A-mazing! 😉 Summary and report to come later, in full.

So, I recently added a link to my friend’s blog (see sidebar) Ahab’s Quest, and I have to admit that I am more than slightly jealous. This could potentially lead to some competitive blogging in the near future.


… a whole lot of student essays.

But, I am thinking about incorporating lunar bombings into my latest short story.

In other news: It’s time to start applying to graduate school. Joy!

Scribbled secret notebooks and wild typewritten pages for your own joy
Submissive to everything, open, listening.
Try never to get drunk outside your own house.
Be in love with your life.
Be crazy dumb saint of the mind.
Blow as deep as you want to blow.
Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind.
The unspenspeakable visions of the individual.
In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you.

You’re a genius all the time. 


I submitted a short story to Ruminate. And now I wait.

Yes, that did just rhyme.

Seriously, I have a feeling about this one, but I don’t want to jinx myself in case anyone out there from R reads my blog. Then they might be like, “Well, she’s cocky, so we can’t publish her.” But, really, it’s not cockiness. It’s just a feeling. My gut tells me that this one is it, baby.

I also emailed the lovely people at R and asked if I could help edit or judge.

Finally, in the wonderful world of all that is writing, editing and publishing, I am going to be a creative nonfiction judge for Notes and Grace Notes.

In the wonderful but crazy world of teaching: I am teaching Research Writing next semester! Woot! So excited!

Reading: John Green’s Paper Towns. Yay Nerdfighters!

I’m Engaged!

While I have many passions, one of my most intense has always been community. Specifically, I find it fascinating when students/professors can engage in the academy. As a student, I pushed my professors in regards to community (I am unsure if this yielded the best results, but I think it at least put my heart out there) and as a professor I desire to give 199% to my students. If not more.

At Cornerstone, engagement was a buzz word (yes, Chuck Swanson, I still remember). I think most smaller, private Christian campuses naturally engage. Publishing is not a big deal, so interacting with students becomes the central focus.

At UW-Milwaukee, I pushed for engagement. I knew that it had to look different than CU, but I wasn’t and still am not sure how that “different” looks. Eventually, I would *love* to go back to a larger university and interact in a way that I think is appropriate, Christ-like, and 100% enagagement worthy.

Until then… I have my students at CCU, and I am SO excited to be able to apply what I am sure most of my prof’s at UW were like, “Sarah… really? REALLY? No… you don’t understand”. And yet, they were very kind to just let me vent and email my little heart out. And even to work on community while publishing. Wow. Seriously, this community thing is tough work, so kudos for trying. And doing! Serious kudos. I’m not even full time and I am drained from the energy (I think it’s this first year thing and all of the changes, etc…). But, I still love it and am going to put forth every effort (of course, in Christ) that I can to push my students forward in engagement.


(Mostly) Practical ways I see this working:

* Personal notes.

* Lots of chocolate 😉 It’s an 8 am class!

* Showing up for events (musical, sports, etc).

* Being available during, after, and before office hours.

* Jesus. Them. Me.

* Discovering personal truths about each of them so that I can encourage them in the best way possible.

* Love.