Appendices for How to Talk to a Student Who Isn’t There


I am indebted to my colleagues Anna Floch, Sagashus Levingston, Leah Misemer, Theresa Nguyen, Virginia Piper, Eric Vivier, and especially Annika Konrad for their invaluable comments on my comments on commenting. If there is anything in my post you find interesting or enlightening or smart it is almost certainly something one of them suggested; everything else is on me.


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