Haiku Five

Thinking Is Nothing
Thinking of Nothing is Thought
My Head Hurts A Lot

When I See Haiku
I Can Appreciate It
Or Count Syllables

Brilliant Actor Speaks
Audience Claps And Whistles
Backstage, Actor Weeps

“Be Happy,” They Said
“Go Do What You Love,” They Said
“I Don’t Know,” I Said

Spicy Hot Pepper
Pepper Pepper Pepper Hot
I Can’t Take the Heat

Educator vs Teacher

Is there a difference between an educator and a teacher?

I have long debated these terms and tried to determine if there is a real difference between them.

I do call myself an educator on my LinkedIn profile possibly because it sounds more dynamic and aliterate, but I seriously wondered about the difference for a long time.

I probably always will… even a little bit no matter where I go in life.

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The Best Modern “Doctor Who” Episode

If you couldn’t tell from this post, I am a science fiction fan.

I love nerdy, sci-fi stuff and all the areas of humanity that this genre can explore, especially in ways that other genres can not.

In addition to Star Trek, which I was raised on, I’ve recently discovered Doctor Who.

While I have not seen all of “Classic” Who (though I am working on it), I have watched all of the rebooted, “Modern” Who. 

While very few “bad” episodes stick out in my mind, there is one episode that really stands out as absolutely stellar.

It is a two part/cliffhanger episode that arrived under David Tennant’s tenure as the 10th doctor:

“Human Nature”/”The Family of Blood”

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Online Classes

How To take An Online Class

One of the most common lines I get from student emails is: “This is my first online class.”

Such a line is usually accompanied by an apology for an error or a misunderstanding.

I actually don’t mind these emails.

To me, it shows that the student is making some sort of effort either to correct something or to get in touch with me or something along those lines. It also shows the commonalities of students trying to figure out an online class. For many students, they are trying to figure out college life in general on top of this strange, new learning format.

I’ve noticed the top student confusions and I have come up with some tips to help with online learning.

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Emailing Professors

How to Email Your College and University Professors

While I am still a graduate student, I teach both online and in the classroom. As a result, I get a lot of emails from students.

Sad to say: some students don’t know how to email politely or they think that they don’t have to worry about their email etiquette with me because I’m “still a student” or “not a real professor.”

Admittedly, some of these emails can be downright funny but some of them are downright rude. While I do not take it personally, I still wonder about such emails.

My overall tip: email professors or instructors, grad student or not, like you were emailing a boss that you hardly know or a potential employer. It is good practice.

So here is a list of things to think about when emailing your professors.

Click the “more” link below for actual tips.

Click the links in this sentence for humor. 🙂

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Haiku Four

Enjoy!

The Storm Brews
Thunder And Chaos
Peaceful Night

Beautiful Lady
Charming And Intelligent
Forever Graceful

Turning, Endless Time
In Lines And In Circles Move
A Moment Stands Still

Kittens Play
Fun And Games, Pounce, Purr
Bath Then Nap