Monthly Archives: August 2012

Critical reflection and the potentially contentious grammar diary

So I’m starting to realize how I can implement critical reflection as a teacher. Indeed, as I read more theory on teaching, this ability seems to be happening almost by itself. However, I’ve been struggling with how to create exercises … Continue reading

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Join us on our multimedia family mountain biking adventure

The thrill never goes away. I’ve been freelance writing for national newspapers and magazines since 1998 and I occasionally write for the Report on Business section of Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail. Getting published in the business section … Continue reading

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Weebly or WordPress—you tell me!

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that the biggest assignment in my Writing for Marketing class for first-year students is a 10-week blog. In writing a blog, students practice writing mechanics, business writing formatting, critical thinking, social media … Continue reading

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The secret to teaching critical thinking?

When I picked up Stephen D. Brookfield’s award-winning book Developing Critical Thinkers, I confess I was hoping he would hand me a magic bullet to slay the beast that is preventing my students from being critical thinkers. Indeed, recent research … Continue reading

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Is transparency enough in brand journalism?

I posted a thought-provoking column from Saturday’s Globe and Mail newspaper on my Facebook page this morning about the rise in brand journalism that’s occurring as traditional news media outlets continue to disintegrate. Supporters of brand journalism told Globe writer … Continue reading

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Confronting the student plagiarism dilemma

I’ll never forget the classmate at Ryerson University’s journalism school who approached me one day in second year some 20-something years ago and asked if he could copy one of my assignments. I remember being appalled—disgusted, actually—that he wanted to … Continue reading

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