Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2012’

Why Are English Teachers So Unteachable?


My headline is intentionally provocative. Sorry about that. I’m sure there are plenty of humble, teachable English teachers in the world. I just seem to encounter a lot of particularly pugnacious ones. Maybe a blog like this attracts the stubborn ones in unusually high numbers. If you are an English teacher who is open to new information and willing to change both …

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Writing Rules Are Made To Be Broken


Remember the first time you rode a bike without training wheels – that wonderful sense of freedom that brought with it a whole new sense of anxiety? After all, bikes without training wheels can fall over!

Most writing rules are like training wheels. They keep inexperienced writers from making mistakes that lead to awkward or unclear writing. But experienced writers often break the rules we are taught in English classes.

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Elements of Style Rap


  What a fascinating cornucopia of interestingness is the internet! Recently I discovered the video below by two Columbia University …

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Spelling Conundrums: Breath or Breathe? Lose or Loose?


There’s not a writing teacher on the planet who doesn’t see students mix up the words breath and breathe or lose and loose.

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New WriteAtHome Splainer Video!


  I have to admit; I’m pretty excited about this. It’s a new video we just had done to explain …

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