The @DNTHS welcome video (and postcards!)

In the next week or so, my incoming sophomores will receive a short postcard from a colleague and I.  During the University of Illinois Writing Project (UIWP), I started a conversation about personal writing and the “You will write every day” attitude necessary to build a solid classroom writing community.  From that discussion, the idea for Read More …

You are now free to move about your mind: #UIWP2012 week3 reflection

Seventy-five percent: it’s hard to think that I am three-quarters of the way done with the 2012 University of Illinois Writing Project summer institute.  In the past week, I have really been able to narrow my focus on what I want to present in my second video and in my eventual teaching demonstration.  I’ve been reading Read More …

carrying Burned In and whether #NCTE11 carries it, too

I will likely have a book review coming out soon.  Based on recommendations from the English Companion Ning, I ordered and started reading a copy of Burned In: Fueling the Fire to Teach.  The book is a collection of essays from educators who consider the tests of their personal constitution when it comes to teaching.  (I figured Read More …

TGIW: good day when you are a PowerPoint wiz?

Today was a good teaching day.  I felt particularly proud of my school’s student body when they were the ones leading the standing ovations (not the staff) during an all-school presentation by a Holocaust survivor.  There was an air of productivity and perspective that permeated throughout the rest of the day. I was very happy Read More …

making the transition to opensource

I was in a recent Elluminate webinar about opensource software (http://www.learncentral.org/event/60486) when someone threw out the idea into chat: We started with students, they are more open to change. There had been quite a long discussion in the chat window about how to transition or implement open source software when students and staff had already become Read More …

what a waste of my time: WiFi at your public library

Does anyone else see a problem with your public library not providing enough bandwidth to load GMail or GoogleDocs? I just finished crafting a very formal email of complaint to my local library for not meeting the needs of patrons today with adequate WiFi.  I am currently enrolled in two hybrid (face-to-face + online) graduate Read More …

that was perhaps one of the more distressing starts to a new course

One of my grad school classes started up today, and I feel I need to label the experience as one of the more depressing beginnings to a new semester. We talked at length about a book called A Whole New Mind.  Excerpts were read and discussed; the overall gist was that America has gone through Read More …