Thursday, November 7, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The second one:
Friday, September 6, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
I thought some of the comments on that post were interesting and some students and other professors might want to see what was said.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
I also published a book. Read about this decision here and you can buy it here.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
This could go for best hero, villain, or line of dialoge???
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
How about some Whitman, today? Whitman was likely only able to get his Leaves of Grass manuscript first published because he had friends in Brooklyn who owned a press.
Whitman spent a lot of time at the press. He had experience with printing himself and wanted to be in on the project to ensure it reached his high standards. He even set about ten pages of the type himself. Only 795 copies were printed.
She also has a blog.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
Here's a video preview of the course - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppE4ntBbKHs (also embedded below). It seems I share some of the same views as the instructor.
I'm kind of excited.
Now for a little background: I had signed up for another Coursera course, called Fundamentals of Teaching Online, but I've since unenrolled because I found some bad reviews online that turned me off. The course also had a start date of "to be determined" so I moved on. Now, I'm ready to see what all this MOOC stuff is about.
Friday, March 1, 2013
"In peer-review sessions, the pressure is on the students. They have to judge and be judged, and too many of them put on the “too cool for school” air (many have the same attitude at other times, but I see it most during peer-review sessions). Like the point guards in the Skills Challenge, it’s the students who don’t care how they look who seem to get the most out of peer reviews, or out of class in general."
Read the whole thing here.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I love brainstorming with others. When ideas bounce around the room, it's completely energizing. To top it off, judging from their blogs, students seem to like brainstorming as well as a learning tool. For fun, I took a photo of the board. It may be hard to see here, but here are some ideas from a "family" paper. Kudos to RBC's sociology classes (and others) for getting some killer ideas into the kids' heads.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
I have a long and personal history with the Die Hard films. I'm confident enough in my Die Hard knowledge to even call myself an expert. If you care about reading about how John McClane was like a father figure for me, search "Daddy Die Hard" on Amazon - it's free. For one reason or another (like my age), I never had the chance to see McClane on the big screen. So I have been looking forward to this movie for a long time and I saw the earliest showing I could find.
I read some early reviews of this film and it didn't look promising. Weak story, dull action, too loud... these were some of the complaints. I don't know, maybe nostalgia works wonders on me, but I liked it. Sure, there were parts that could've been better. I'm not crazy about the scale of the movie; the greatness of the first one was because of the claustrophobic feel, among other things. I'm also less than impressed with the villains in "A Good Day..."; another piece of greatness from the original was its villain, Hans, who is one of the American Film Institute's top villains of all time. And sure, the newest sequel has some weak plot structure, especially the first 20 or so minutes, when McClane goes to Moscow and happens upon his son (and a bunch of stuff blowing up). Perhaps the biggest let down for me is McClane's loss of reluctance. He's always been sort of reluctant to kill people and do what had to be done, but in here, he's pretty gung-ho.
Then there's the good stuff. Some of the action sequences are a hell of a lot of fun. Yeah, they're not all perfect, but they're still fun. The helicopter is way cool (and brings up some memories from the first movie). Some moments even took a sentimental tone, and they worked well. And the one-liners, the McClane-isms, if you will, were funny and well-timed (much of this was missing from Live Free or Die Hard, the previous sequel). I especially liked the famous Yippee ki yay ... because it was preceded by "The things we do for our kids" and followed by a crazy action-movie/superhero-ish act.
In a nutshell, it's not Citizen Kane, or even the first Die Hard, but it's fun, humorous, and it'll probably induce some nostalgic feelings for fans of the previous films. Bruce has still got it.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Here are the notes:
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
-In the story, Pitty Sing is kept in a basket (imprisoned), escapes, and causes the car's accident. The Misfit is in prison, escapes, and causes the family's ultimate demise.
-They both snarl.
--"the basket under it rose with a snarl and Pitty Sing, the cat, sprang onto Bailey's shoulder"
--"'No pleasure but meanness,' he said and his voice had become almost a snarl."
-And again, Pitty Sing is the only survivor from the car. He nuzzles The Misfit and the Misfit picks him up.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Today, I had students write/summarize an ending to the Hemingway story. I wrote one too. I tried to take a picture of it. Let's see if it shows up. By the way, check out the reference to The Glass Menagerie and Tom's "opium dens" speech.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
I should give a (late) disclaimer now. My taste for fiction leans towards the more depressing. I usually read things that require interpretaion, things that have a level of ambiguity. Most of the things I choose are sort of dark and there's often death and/or desertion. And if there's not death and/or desertion, then there's probably a different darkness element. The next story I've assigned for class (to be read for Friday, Feb. 1) is Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants." If the students weren't crazy about "The Yellow Wallpaper" (pun intended), then they're probably not going to like "Hills Like White Elephants" at all. In the past, students have come to class not knowing what the heck is going on in the story. Almost always, a few have figured it out. I told them to be thinking about what the "operation" is. We'll see.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
On a fun side note, I sent an email to Sherman Alexie's agent so the agent can let him know that students are writing about one of his short stories ("The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven"). His agent says he's too busy to respond to all correspondence, but she will pass it on. The possibility that an author of one of the stories we have read in class may be reading students' responses to that story is intriguing. I've dome something similar in the past when I had students read First Blood. Turns out that David Morrell, the "father of Rambo" is a very accessible author; I emailed him directly and he responded directly, answering some student questions about the novel. This semester, my 102 students are also reading Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Maybe Chabon would like to know this and comment on students' reactions??
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
My syllabus language for the blog changed ever so slightly. Here it is:
If you have a spare moment, I would appreciate you reading a student's blog now and then, maybe even leaving a comment.