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Mothers attempting to balance parenthood and academics.
April 6, 2009 - 10:13pm
My sixth-grade son Nick recently had to write a “reflection” piece after finishing a sixth-grade math project. It began with a sentence something like this: “I basically just scraped by at the last minute on this one.” This was the occasion for a teachable moment at home — how aware is he of his audience? What is the purpose of the reflection piece? What, in other words, did he learn?
April 2, 2009 - 10:36pm
When the Titanic sunk on April 15 of 1911, I am sure that a young couple named William and Carroll living in the Italian section of Yonkers, New York, paid little attention to the news. They were busy with caring for their newborn daughter, my grandmother. She turned ninety eight last week, and a call from my daughter to her to wish her a happy birthday (“can we go to her party?”) led me to think about her life and of a Chinese proverb that wishes “may you live in interesting times.”
April 1, 2009 - 10:05pm
The worst-case scenario if you are a long distance parent is that a medical emergency will happen when you aren’t home to comfort and treat your injured child. This scenario happened to me, only it wasn’t my child who was injured. It was me.
April 1, 2009 - 4:27am
I remember the day it became painfully obvious to me that I was different from the other kids in school. I was 10 years old and in fifth grade. In a break from our academic activities, our teacher Mrs. Heaton suggested we play the “telephone” (or “pass it on”) game, where one person comes up with a word or phrase and whispers it to the next person, who whispers it to the next, and so on, until the last person has to repeat the word which has inevitably changed to something silly.
March 26, 2009 - 8:45pm
My daughter came home the other day with words that made my Math Geek heart leap for joy. She told me that she is going to start learning “sub-crack-tion”. It seems that in the race between nature and nurture, nurture had just pulled ahead.
March 25, 2009 - 9:51pm
During this sabbatical year I promised myself that I wouldn’t even *think* about teaching until the summer. After all, this is my chance to focus exclusively on scholarship. I am enjoying the opportunity to focus on one project, to read a new book in its entirety, to work uninterrupted. However, as our university plans the fall schedule I’ve begun to think about my return to the classroom.
March 25, 2009 - 8:07am
Earlier this week I came across this old Time magazine article, which reminded me of an interesting character, Dr. Theo Colborn.
March 23, 2009 - 9:43pm
I’m not sure I’ve ever had a week like this as an academic. My week started with a meeting, and it will continue with meetings and teaching and conferences and travel — and, maybe, a trip to the Grand Ole Opry? No, I know I’ve never had a week like this.
March 19, 2009 - 9:21pm
You may have heard of the concept of “six degrees of separation”. Made popular by a movie and a parlor game, it says that everyone in the world can be connected by at most six degrees of separation. That is, I would know someone who knows someone who knows someone, ect. It claims it would take only six such connections to unite everyone in the world. Think about it- what would it take to connect you to, say, the Pope? My guess is that you know someone who knows a priest who knows a Cardinal who then knows the Pope. And so on.
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