Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
What are you doing this week?
I have a tradition of sorts that I indulge in during finals week. While I’m sitting there, as students labor over the instrument of paper torture that I’ve devised for them, I read. I don’t read just anything, though. I read the headiest, densest, most theoretical stuff I can find that I think will inform my teaching for the upcoming term. Actually, that’s only partly true. I do read theoretical stuff (and really enjoy it), but I also read selections from texts that I am or may be using in the future term. I read ideas from other instructors teaching in the same discipline in similar ways (or in radically different ways, occasionally) to shake up my teaching and to try to stay fresh. I read across genres and try to bring together seemingly disparate things, looking for the amazing and exciting convergences that make our discipline so much fun.
I’ve also been working, this week, on the ways in which technology works in the teaching (and learning) of writing. It’s not a new field, by any stretch, but it is continually reinventing itself. Take, for example, Michael Wesh’s fascinating work on the anthropology of YouTube. That may not look like writing studies at first blush, but the literacy implications make it a very useful “way in” to what computers and the web are doing to us as readers and writers.
I know students are reading (cramming?) for exams. I know my colleagues are reading papers and exams (and I’m reading those, too, of course). What are you reading? What is engaging your attention these days?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Jake put this together for a school project about his family. It even shows Lilly, the pill dog.
- got a haircut,
- cleaned my office,
- spent 15 minutes lamenting college politics and policy changes with colleagues,
- organized "collected works" folders for students whose OA papers received NP (not proficient) marks from readers,
- composed a informational document about NULC (the National Undergraduate Literature Conference) to recruit students' literary criticism and creative works for said conference,
- read 15-20 posts on WPA-L about wierd things that happen on campuses (including teeth mailings and a persistent spitter).
- write an overdue letter of recommendation for a student,
- review and make suggestions on a "statement of purpose" for another student,
- write a final exam for my 101 students,
- get a bite to eat (finally).