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Jason Whitesitt
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Reflections on the 9x9x25 Challenge
Among his many harangues, the Gadfly of Athens once cautioned: “Beware the bareness of a busy life.”  We have our own gadfly on the Verde Campus , and he’s equally skeptical of “busy.”  For example: “Do you want to do the 9x9x25 again this year, Jason?” “I’...

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We are Who We Think We Are: or, Fake it 'till You Make It
At the end of every semester I host an open-ended Q&A with my English 101 students.  At this time they can ask me any academic related question.  Typically students attempt to push the boundaries here, dowsing for advantages and sniffing out my pet peeves, ...

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Shooting for Buy-in
“We knew they wouldn’t stand a chance,” Student X said.  “The training we gave them was shit.”   Class was long over and a conversation about total institutions had naturally led to the military, and from there to ISIS and the current situation in Iraq.  St...

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  Apparently, the Millennials aren’t very smart.  No, really, there’s even a book on the subject: The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future .  Falling just outside this maligned designation, I’m rather ...

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No Man is an Island
What a strange profession teaching is!  Though we pass our coworkers in the hall, eat with them at lunch, sit beside them at meetings and share supplies, joys and fears, our labor itself is solitary.  In five years of teaching at Yavapai, I’ve had only two ...

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Behold the Turtle
A few weeks ago I did this: For those of you not versed in my particular brand of poor penmanship, the angry calligraphy at the bottom of this sheet reads: "Don't do this Again -Move back to Discussion Board!!"  This fit of pique was inspired by my online w...

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In Praise of The Instigator
Because Todd and I have already discussed next year’s 9x9x25 Challenge at length, I plan to use this space to accomplish a pair of long-percolating goals.  First, I shall curb my natural propensity for verbosity (staring now) and make this post exactly twen...

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Click on the Yavapai College homepage this week and the first image that pops up is this: Yep, that’s my Hannah, and yes, this is going to be one of those “why I’m thankful to be a teacher posts.”  It’s Thanksgiving time.  Bear with me and I’ll try and keep...

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What's the Point?
I have a confession to make: I hate the exclamation point.  This is, of course, an entirely inappropriate disclosure for an English professor, and I sincerely apologize for denigrating the archetype, but it’s true.  I dislike it for all the same reasons I l...

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Putting a Face to Online Learning
“It is common knowledge that a well-bred man should as far as possible have no face. That is to say, not so much be completely without one, but rather, should have a face and yet at the same time appear faceless. It should not stand out, just as a shirt mad...
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