Author Archives: Gary Anderson

Hello and Goodbye: Introductions and Conclusions

Student question: “Does this paper need an introduction?” My answer: “I think that would be polite. Do you agree?” Quizzical looks follow. What does politeness have to do with writing an introduction? Then I explain that an introduction is really … Continue reading

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Learning with Second-Language English Writers

One of my biggest learning challenges this year has been figuring out how to help writers for whom English is a second language. These are students who have completed English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and classes but who … Continue reading

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Reading Between the Lines with Jo Knowles

Nerdy Book Clubbers can celebrate: Jo Knowles has a new book! And it’s really good! Read Between the Lines, Jo’s sixth novel, gives us a son bullied by his father, a girl suddenly ignored by her friends, the embarrassed children … Continue reading

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Some Good Baseball Books: 2015 Spring Training Edition

We’ve almost made it through the winter, and for Cubs fans this is looking like a better year than we’ve had for a while. Some are prognosticating greatness for this year’s North Siders, but I’ll be satisfied with 85 wins … Continue reading

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¿What’s Not Wrong?: The Shirt

I’m super-excited to visit Fremd High School in a few weeks as part of Writers Week XXI, a top-notch writing-palooza. This is the first edition of Writers Week that I haven’t been involved in as an organizer, and I’m as … Continue reading

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My 2014 Reading

I probably should have gotten around to posting this sooner, but here is the list of books I finished in 2014. Other people’s lists interest me, so maybe someone will find something of interest here.  2014 was kind of a … Continue reading

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What Does “College Ready” Really Mean?

Not long ago I finished the semester with a wonderful group of first-year college students. Most of them were fresh out of high school, but there were also a handful of students with some other life experiences. I’m proud of … Continue reading

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Remembering Donna Douglas, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Miller Williams

For those of us who lean country, it was kind of a rough weekend as we learned of the almost simultaneous passings of Donna Douglas, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Miller Williams. Blame it all on my roots, but I’m lucky … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2014. If it were a … Continue reading

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Hurray for the Performing Arts Teachers!

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve spent time at my kids’ schools enjoying holiday performances and marveling at the quality of artistry displayed by various performing arts groups. As I watched a conductor lead a middle school orchestra through … Continue reading

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