joy to the written word on the first day of #uiwp2012

This morning marks the first day of my experience in the University of Illinois Writing Project and probably of a new vision for writing instruction in my career.  We opened with an activity where we drew out a visualization of a recent writing process that we experienced on a sheet of transparency “paper”.  My collage more Read More …

reaction: The Social Network… or why my brain won’t stop running in circles

On the day that I go and buy an iPhone (thank you to all of the haters, because you’ll be keeping me in line), I also go and see the only movie that has made me anxious even through the walk out to my car and the drive home.  The Social Network is perhaps the Read More …

reaction: How to Understand American Decline – Newsweek

How to Understand American Decline – Newsweek. Well, I can’t say I didn’t see this coming.  In fact, as you look around at your own situation, consider whether politics in our region or country will be able to overcome its deeply entrenched political lines to overcome our (growing?) adversity and jump back on top.  I Read More …

an educator’s look at the New York Times’ Time Machine

http://timesmachine.nytimes.com/browser Talk about a culture cache, a great place to find primary sources and an outstanding historical resource for the classroom…  The New York Times’ Time Machine caught my eye on a feed of education-related links. What can you use it for?  Well, to start off, feel for yourself how eerie it is to read Read More …

日本 day7 | Mt. Shosha (書写) hiking almost made me into a mountainman

January 2 I was told that Himeji (姫路市) would be incomplete without a hike to the temple complex of Shoshazan Engyō-ji (書寫山圓教寺) atop Mt. Shosha (書写).  A bus ride and a ropeway got me up to the top of the mountain where a good chunk of The Last Samurai was shot.  Being there on the Read More …

日本 day6.5 | Himeji (姫路市)

January 1 On the first day of 2010, I packed up my things after a charming breakfast with Aaron & the Sumidas and wandered out to explore Japan on my own.  They needed to be with the family for Japanese New Year / shōgatsu (正月), and I wanted to be on my own to dive Read More …