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Month: October 2016

And the award goes to . . . Patrick Dobson

When Corby Skinner announced that Canoeing the Great Plains won the creative nonfiction category in the High Plains Book Awards, I felt a sudden lift. I looked around and people were applauding. The sounds came through tinny and indistinct. Someone hooted. People smiled. Someone patted me on the back. The…


Grades: Just put your head down and grind it out

As a teacher, I sweat over student grades. It matters. Those grades become a permanent part of a student’s life. When my students go on to college or university—and I hope they do—the admissions people won’t be looking at what kind of people they are. Certainly, many colleges and universities…

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