Tips from the Teacher

LectureHall

It’s after Labor Day, and most schools are once again in session. When my daughters went off to college, I gave advice about balancing bank accounts, safe sex and getting along with roommates. And I offered them a few suggestions about what I know best:  How to please a professor. Of course, there’s the obvious – do your work and go to class. All successful students do that. But there are other, more subtle ways to make a positive impression on someone who makes a final judgment on you. I’ve taught at a university for decades, so here’s some tips to make any academic star shine a bit brighter. (This works for high school students as well)

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Am I Losing My Mind?

remindernote

Fact: You reach a certain age, and no matter how young you feel inside, you start getting stupid. Stupider than your kids thought you were when they were 15 and knew everything compared to your nothing. I’ll modify that stupid a little bit, gentle it up a tad: You lose focus. And when you lose focus, you can do things like this – all of which actually happened to or were done by people I know, including myself . . .

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Garage Sale Trivia

GarageSale

As I write this, my husband has taken the local paper and is off to a garage sale. I cast him a warning look; I don’t even like my own junk, let alone someone else’s. And yet he has bought some interesting (and even valuable) things over the years. Here are three things I learned after living for decades with an inveterate garage saler. Some observations defy conventional wisdom, others not.

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Never mind sticker shock. I am in popcorn shock.

Popcorn Series

A few weeks ago I took my grandchildren to the movies – three, who of course each needed his or her own box of popcorn. The kid behind the counter measured them out and then asked me for $16.50.

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