Je m’étais, alors que je commençai à écrire pour ce blog, promis d’écrire un “post” sur deux en français. Cette ambition se fondait sur une double motivation: d’abord, celle de faire justice à une audience forcément diverse, souvent bilingue, et en partie francophone. Ensuite, je souhaitais renouer avec la rédaction du français, qui s’est faite… Read More Qu’en est-il du français à McGill? Un aperçu.
This week they start again: “conferences”, which, in the Arts Faculty lingo, refer to smaller classes that give undergraduates the opportunity to discuss course readings and assignments. These conferences are led by teaching assistants, usually graduate students from the relevant faculty, who guide discussions and answer questions. Conferences can be pretty demanding, and how TAs… Read More Styles of teaching: a typology of teaching assistants based on the TV series “Scrubs”
Two days ago, Kristina wrote a great post, reviewing both her year just past, and the one to come, all in an upbeat and confident mood. And, Kristina, you wished us all that the year “be filled with dreams come true” – thank you for the good wishes, and may your year turn out as you… Read More Um novo ano, um novo desafio! Or: how to learn languages for cheap in Montreal.
Some weeks ago, Guillaume wrote a nice post about the challenges and puzzles that grading can bring up. Amongst his many good points, he noted that a grade is a fairly reductive, one-dimensional assessment of the many dimensions along which the quality of an assignment can vary. I absolutely agree, and it’s made me re-think… Read More How this Grad Life Blog is useful for Grad Life (but doesn’t solve all problems)
What happens when the temperature drops, and the stress rises? When there is not enough time to make it home from campus for a shower during exam period? When fun and relaxation seem to be restricted to rare moments of spare time? Things get crazeative! See for yourself:
Halloween has just come and gone, and like every year, the question on everybody’s mind is: so, who had the best costume? And like every year, the answer is the same: clearly, I did. Do let me explain. First, sure, yes, I admit, mine was far from the best (I saw some pretty amazing ones, actually), but… Read More What do you mean you don’t understand my Halloween costume?