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Word Origins Comics: The Graduation Brouhaha -- The Story Behind the Ritual

Larry Paros | Posted 11.10.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Follow Larry Paros @ insomanywords.net Take words with Larry @ twitter.com/wordswithlarry facebook.com/wordswithlarry pinterest.com/wordswithlarry ...

Word Origin Comics: How to Become The Apple of Your Teacher's Eye

Larry Paros | Posted 10.18.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format. I...

Word Origin Comics: The ABC's of Education

Larry Paros | Posted 10.15.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format. I...

Word Origin Comics: How Learned Are You?

Larry Paros | Posted 09.27.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format. I...

Word Origin Comics: The Great Myth Of Education

Larry Paros | Posted 09.19.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format: I...

Why You Should Volunteer Abroad This Summer

Danielle Nelson | Posted 06.28.2016 | Travel
Danielle Nelson

Although you can volunteer any time of the year, there is no better time than the summer months to get your butt on a plane and begin helping others. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider volunteering abroad this summer.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 3: No Right or Wrong Way of Teaching

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

There will be successes and failures, and there will also be some question marks about how it all went, which is very normal when you're breaking new ground. The important thing is a willingness to try, and if you make a mistake, to make it gracefully, and just carry on.

The Comma Queen's Tombstone

Michael Schulder | Posted 04.21.2016 | Home
Michael Schulder

The New Yorker's Mary Norris has taught me something about the power of imagining your own tombstone. It's not what I expected to learn when we sat down for this episode of Wavemaker Conversations: A Podcast for the Insanely Curious.

Stop Asking Me When I'm Going to Join 'The Adult World'

Cassandra Le | Posted 03.18.2017 | Travel
Cassandra Le

After graduating from college, I decided to skip out on finding a full-time job, and instead applied to teach English abroad in Spain. I think a lot o...

Don't Quit Your Job to Travel the World

Laura Nalin | Posted 02.18.2017 | Travel
Laura Nalin

While I encourage everyone and anyone to follow their dreams, I'm still a realist at the end of the day. If you're looking to read an inspirational yet unbalanced opinion, I'm sorry but I can't be that person for you. With that said, I want to reiterate a few reasons why I think it's important to take this "quit your job to travel the world" movement with a grain of salt.

Grammar Nudniks: Please Stop Obsessing About 'They' and 'Their'

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Lev Raphael

You know who you are and you know what I mean. You hear someone say "Everyone should have their rights" or you read a sentence like that and you feel tormented. You simmer. Then you explode. You call down the wrath of the grammar gods on the offenders.

Exploring English In The Age Of Emojis

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 11.12.2016 | Home
Marjorie Freimuth

If we didn't allow English to evolve, we would hardly have words enough to express ourselves in our modern society, and we'd still be greeting each other by saying "Ēadig, þec tō mētenne."

Word Origin Comics: Could You Be a Bigot? Only Your Beard Knows for Sure

Larry Paros | Posted 10.16.2016 | Home
Larry Paros

Bigots take things at face value, and in today's world any swarthy male with a beard tends to invoke suspicion. Beards do, after all, have their detractors.

Word Origin Comics: That Certain Something in the Air -- Could it be You?

Larry Paros | Posted 10.12.2016 | Home
Larry Paros

Good writers never put on airs. What makes me mad is arrogance, pretension, putting on airs. ...

Word Origin Comics:How Classy Are You Really?

Larry Paros | Posted 10.06.2016 | Home
Larry Paros

Let's have a class about class. It's not easy.

Word Origin Comics: For Witty People and Sophisticates Only...All Others Go Away

Larry Paros | Posted 10.02.2016 | Home
Larry Paros

"Despite all that education and experience can do, I retain a certain level of unsophistication that I cannot eradicate and that my friends find amusi...

Word Origin Comics: Snobs of the World Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Disdain

Larry Paros | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
Larry Paros

Is that your nose that's up in the air? Could you possibly be a snob? "People who hold important positions in society are commonly labeled "somebodi...

Word Origin Comics: So What Do You Really Know...Anyhow?

Larry Paros | Posted 09.24.2016 | Home
Larry Paros

Do you feel that the genius in you has somehow been overlooked?

LGBTQ Literature Creates Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

When LGBTQ literature is taught, read and analyzed in the community college English classroom, the clear message is that it is important enough to study and to include in the curriculum; therefore, LGBTQ people must be important enough to be considered as human beings and citizens.

Word Origin Comics: Let's Hear it for all the Fools and Silly People Out There!

Larry Paros | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Larry Paros

For all you grim rationalists who traffic in sound logic: "Do a loony-goony dance 'Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ...

Word Origin Comics: Idiots or Idiosyncrasies. You Pays Your Money and You Takes Your Choice

Larry Paros | Posted 09.10.2016 | Home
Larry Paros

Pick from the following: "Fletcher appeared beside her. He peered at the baby. "Can it do any tricks yet?" "I'm still working on it. Want to hold he...

Student Writing: Another Race to the Bottom

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 09.11.2016 | College
Joseph A. Domino

Think education isn't broken from top to bottom? What follows below is real college student writing at the first- or second-year level.

Word Origin Comics: By the Sweat of Our Brows We Shall Know Thee

Larry Paros | Posted 09.08.2016 | Home
Larry Paros

At present the distinction [between highbrow and lowbrow books] is certainly used to allow us the satisfaction of despising certain authors and readers without imposing on us the labour of showing that they are bad.

Word Origins Comics: It's Hip to Be Square

Larry Paros | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home
Larry Paros

Enough about oddballs and out of the box activity. Let's hear it for the ordinary folk, their humble origins, and their impact on the language...

Stanley Fish on One End of a Log and Carly Fiorina on the Other: Can Schooling Get Any Better Than That?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Larry Paros

Stanley Fish recently made a tongue-in-cheek endorsement of Carly Fiorina for Secretary of Education. OMG! Strange bedfellows indeed -- a philosopher, detached from the real world and an entrepreneurial opportunist thoroughly immersed in it.