Since When is a B Not Good?

Since When is a B Not Good?

by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon I was at the doctor’s last week, and, as is typical for me, I had a book along to read. The nurse came in, saw the book, and asked how I liked it. She was thinking of getting it for her boyfriend. I said I would give it a B so far–I […]

Master’s Degrees Need Not Apply

Master’s Degrees Need Not Apply

by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon As I continue my search for work, I get lots of e-mails from various job websites. Some of the leads they send me are right in line with my skills, others are not. I’m not sure about the one I got suggesting I go work at Hooters. Anyway, when I see ones […]

Princess Week–Really?

by Kelly O’Connor Salomon There I was, happily eating my yogurt and going through the fliers in the Sunday paper. Then, as I was looking through the Target flier, I saw that it was Princess Week. I nearly swallowed my tongue. I was raised on Disney movies; let me say that up front. However, as […]

How Students React to Violence

by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon One of the books in a Popular Fiction class I am teaching is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is read after A Thousand Splendid Suns. This class, more than in the past, students have responded negatively toward Tattoo, complaining that the violence is over the top and gratuitous. At least […]

A Post Revisited

by Kelly A. O’Connor-Salomon I was trying to figure out what to write about this week, then I read another blog post that took offense with one of my earlier articles. I think I was misunderstood to a degree, and I wanted to take a moment to respond. First off, as I noted in a […]

Hoo Sez We Don’t Need Diktionaries?

Hoo Sez We Don’t Need Diktionaries?

by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon OK–I have to admit it hurt to write the title that way, but I bet it got your attention! Recently, a former student of mine, who is now a teacher, posted on my husband’s Facebook page that she’s been told by teachers and students in her school that dictionaries are passé because […]

May I Have a Desk(less) Copy, Please?

May I Have a Desk(less) Copy, Please?

by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon Working entirely from home has required several adjustments, but a new one rose to the surface last week. I am fortunate to have three classes lined up for the Fall already, but one of them is a class I have not taught for some time, and I have no idea what I […]

The Perils of Online Texts

by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon I have one online seminar class that I have been teaching for a long time. Up until recently, I have been able to design the course myself, choosing the theme and the texts. However, the school decided they wanted to make this class, like many of their others, completely pre-packaged. Fortunately, I […]

No Money, No (Real) Sacrifices, No Kidding

by Kelly A. O’Connor-Salomon Until recently, I was one of the lucky adjuncts. I taught regularly for just a couple of schools and had a full-time administrative position at one of them. After seven years, I came to believe that these classes would be a constant. I was wrong. Because of drops in enrollment, full-time hires, […]