This is a link to a well-written letter by a man with Down syndrome. He is responding to a tweet by Ann Coulter, where she referred to Obama as a "retard." I putting it here because I hear students use this over and over again. "That's retarded" or "you're retarded." I tell them not to say "retarded" because it's derogatory, but they don't listen.
I emailed this link to all of my students with a short note that tells them that using the R-word bugs me. But I didn't tell them (and maybe I will) that I really respect the letter for its soft, restrained approach to something the author is obviously passionate about. It's a Rogerian approach to making an argument, by finding common ground and anticipating responses with compassion and tact.
Edit: I just figured out that these embeded presentations work better if you make them full screen.
Class is mostly discussions, but occasionally, I feel the need to present some information to students. On Tuesday, I went thorough two Power Points and a prezi. I'm liking prezi more and more. This is the second one I've made and I may modify it a little, but it's based off of an old Power Point I had, which is about Exigence, Audience, and Constraints according to Lloyd Bitzer's "The Rhetorical Situation." The other Power Points, which will probably become prezis one day, were about writing concisely and about structuring arguments.
I'm not a great lecturer, but I'm a good discussion facilitator (I think), so I don't use Power Point and things like that very often. I've never been good at making Power Points and I've always found them to be a little boring anyway. So when I do "need" them, I try to make presentations that use humor or pop culture references or something that will keep students interested. I think the strength of prezi is that is automatically has more motion than Power Points, which is more interesting. I also find it easier to create than Power Point. One of the weaknesses of prezi is that it's harder to withold information if you want to because everything has to be on the canvas. Of course, I'm an amateur with prezi, so I may be wrong.
Anyway, I've included the presentations, along with one that we did earlier in the semester. The Power Points are flash, so I think they won't work on Apple computers/devices. I used show.zoho.com to convert them.
I really don't plan on linking to my Chronicle of Higher Ed posts much, but this one was inspired by Sporcle games (when I know the pop culture answers and students don't), by the pop culture essay in ENG 101, and by ENG 102 from prior semesters. It's about a lack of "culture" in today's younger generation.
for national publications, along with content ghostwriting. Edited a variety of
texts for individuals and companies. Edited materials include short fiction,
novels, college entrance essays, ebooks, textbooks, and articles, to name a
Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, Va.
ENG 111 and 112, BRCC’s composition courses, as part of the English Department.
Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
GWRTC 103, JMU’s first-year composition course, as part of the School of
Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication.
Grant Writer, June 2010-July
J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at JMU, Harrisonburg, Va.
grant opportunities and wrote proposals seeking funds for educational,
horticultural, environmental, wellness, and other projects.
Journals, Harrisonburg, Va.
edited, took pictures, designed pages, and managed the daily operation of three
weekly newspapers in the Shenandoah Valley.
Chronicle of Higher Education Blog
·Regular blogger for The
Chronicle’s 2-Year Track blog.
·I have self-published six
ebooks, two of which are also available in paperback. Some are fiction and some
are nonfiction. Most notable are Same Track, Different Track, a memoir
of sorts, and Evolvement, a collection of short stories. I am also the
publisher for Alex Kudera’s novella, The Betrayal of Times of Peace and
Sunspot Studios,” The Crafts Report, November 2008
·“Profile in Success:
Workshops of Charles Neil,” The Crafts Report, 2007
Braithwaite Studios,” The Crafts Report, 2006
·In four years as staff
writer and then editor of The Journals, three weekly newspapers in the
Shenandoah Valley, I wrote more than one hundred feature or news articles,
winning two Virginia Press Association awards for writing (and one for page
English (creative writing concentration)
Madison University, graduated June 2005
English (creative writing minor)
Madison University, graduated June 2002
Bland College mini-grant, 2013. For the purchase of a video camera and
accessories for use in the classroom.
Teaching Fellow, James Madison University, 2007-08
Portfolio,” Virginia Press Association, 2007
Story Writing,” Virginia Press Association, 2006
Picture/Story,” Virginia Press Association, 2006 (joint award)