Writing in the Active and Passive Voice

I am a fan of good writing. Good writing communicates ideas to the minds of your readers. When people read your writing, they don’t just interpret its meaning through the words you chose. They also interpret it through your writing’s tone. This tone, just like your tone of voice when you’re speaking, is largely shaped … Continue reading Writing in the Active and Passive Voice

Your Guide to Better Essays

Do you feel passionate about something and want to share it? Write an essay! Do you disagree with a popular opinion and wish to convince others to join you? Write an essay! Need to write something because the college you dream of attending is making you? Write an essay!  “Essay” is a form of writing … Continue reading Your Guide to Better Essays

Social Mobility and Liberal Education

*image credit: https://www.davidklassenfineart.com/about https://videopress.com/v/MyIgpYsq?preloadContent=metadata In 2020 and 2021, the cross-pressures on undergraduate education were phenomenal, and they raised so many fears and anxieties that it seemed that we couldn’t be anything but in a CONSTANT state of fear.  Individually, we have worn masks and washed hands because we have been afraid to catch and spread … Continue reading Social Mobility and Liberal Education

From Doing to Being: What Stories do we tell Ourselves?

Message preached at Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton, AB, Canada, October 14, 2018. (Please note that the biblical passages this is based on come after the text of the sermon.) In the Gospel of Mark, we find recorded a story about a rich man, who by his own account, is law-abiding.  Surely, measured by every … Continue reading From Doing to Being: What Stories do we tell Ourselves?

Professional Learning Communities

A Professional Learning Community is an orientation of large organizations toward constant improvement.  It tries to balance individual development within an institutional structure.  This is a remarkable development in educational theory and practice that could be implemented outside educational contexts as well. Creating a Mission Statement The first step in developing a professional learning community … Continue reading Professional Learning Communities