Nathan Branson

To Be A Great Teacher is to Remember What it is Like to Be a Student

On Learning How to Build a Backyard Hog-Wire Fence

When summertime comes, I try to put myself in situations where I can be in the student role. In the summer of 2019, I joined a CrossFit gym and took a daily "classes" to learn the Crossfit way. For summer 2020, I wanted to learn carpentry skills. I knew I had nearly 2 months off for summer, it was just a matter of finding a setting . . .

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August 01, 2020

Why I Love One Harbor Church: Hospitality from Monday to Saturday

I moved to Morehead City 5 years ago to take a job as a community college English teacher. My move here was a career move. If I wanted to teach English at a community college I had to make the move, because Carteret County is where I got the best job offer. I'd always lived by the motto “I will always live where my closest friends and/or . . .

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June 30, 2020

Why Freshman Composition Teachers Should Encourage Students to Write About Their Anxiety

Freshman Composition As a Space for Self-Reflection

“Hey Mr. Branson. Is it OK if I write my essay about the effects of divorce on children? My parents are divorced, and I want to write about the impact that divorce has on a child.

For my freshman composition class, I let students write about whatever they want to write about as long as they provide me with a realistic outline. As . . .

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June 04, 2020

The Excuses That Keep Us From Telling Our Stories

A Reflection on Why You Should Speak Up at the Dinner Table

“Telling stories is not about one-upping. It is about swapping stories. To win the game you tell the right stories to get the better stories out of the other person.” ---my friend Bobby Lane

I have spent the last 2 months teaching freshman English composition classes online because of the coronavirus. The transition from teaching . . .

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May 13, 2020

How To Be Productive When Working From Home: My "One Task Per Hour" Habit

How can I get tasks accomplished when my fridge is nearby? Working from home taps into the symptoms of ADHD that I have.

I learned early on as an English teacher that grading essays in the 2nd half of the semester required a lot of focus at my kitchen table. Every Saturday in the months of April, May, October and November required . . .

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April 03, 2020

4 Reasons to Visit a L'Abri House: Summer Camp For Burnt-Out Christians

Are you in your twenties or thirties on the verge of a quarter-life crisis? Are you tired of touristy vacation experiences and looking for something different? If you are a Christian (or interested in Christianity)-----a place called L'Abri might be for you.

I want to give you 4 reasons why you should consider visiting a L’Abri . . .

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January 06, 2020

Reading "Every Moment Holy": A Step Towards Seeing Monday to Friday as Sacred

Liturgy for Busy 21st Century Americans

When the topic of “reading liturgy” comes up among Christians it is often associated with corporate worship (“Does that church read liturgy during the service?”) rather than personal reading (“Do you read liturgy?”) I haven’t attended a church that regularly reads liturgy since I was 15 years old. I spend my early years in a Methodist church . . .

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October 30, 2019