On Hiatus

On Hiatus

  Proposal-ing & Dissertating– back before too long. I hope. 😀       Image:  Little Pencil by D. Sharon Pruitt  CC BY 2.0

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Thackery in a Bunker?

Thackery in a Bunker?

NCTE 2011 may have ended on Sunday, November 20, but it’s been tumbling in my head since then. Rather than offer a blow-by-blow description of events, I want to pull together some thoughts that continue some from the post that came before this, “Missing Thackery.” I was lucky to have been invited to present on a panel with Jen Roberts and Sarah Fidelibus and coordinated by […]

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Missing Thackery

Missing Thackery

I had a rare evening out with a dear friend recently: dinner, followed by a concert.  As we walked from the parking lot toward the auditorium, she was bemoaning the omnipresence of YA (Young Adult) literature in the reading diets of a number of college-age students she knows. (My friend, an educator at an independent school, is often visited by former students.) It’s not that […]

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“Writing Across the Disciplines” in the Common Core Standards: No Catchy Title Can Capture My Dismay

“Writing Across the Disciplines” in the Common Core Standards: No Catchy Title Can Capture My Dismay

  Our tenuous post-storm electric and internet connectivity kept me from being able to express some of my concerns and questions in our P2PUsession Tuesday night, so I am bringing them here. To so many people, the idea of every school striving toward the same objectives sounds like such a good one. To many, the idea that every student, every teacher, is working toward the […]

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Writing My Life

Writing My Life

What with the recent National Day of Writing and my participation in the P2PU learning lab in Writing & the Common Core, there’s been a lot of urging for folks to write, publicly and often. I started musing about writing in my life and thought I’d take my musing here. I feel like I write constantly: hours a day on my dissertation proposal, email, tweets, […]

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Goldilocks and the 3 MOOCs

Goldilocks and the 3 MOOCs

Right now, I’m participating on various levels in three MOOCs: #Change 11, facilitated by Siemens, Cormier & Downes, Alec Couros’ EC&I 831, and Bud Hunt’s Writing & the Common Core on P2PU. This experience is a little like being Goldilocks in the MOOC version of the fairy tale. There’s the Daddy-size MOOC (#Change 11), a Mama-size MOOC  (EC&I 831), and a Baby MOOC (P2PU) and […]

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Google Docs: Not just documents any more

Google Docs: Not just documents any more

I “meet” regularly with a fellow doc student to share writing and give and receive feedback. Yesterday, I uploaded her piece into GDocs and commented there. When our call took place, we went to the doc and referred to it throughout our conversation. Suddenly the entire tenor of our conversation shifted. It was no longer just two people looking at feedback on Word documents that […]

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Musing about MOOCs

Musing about MOOCs

The two MOOCs I’ve played with in the last two weeks couldn’t be more different. #Change 11‘s 1,000+ participants puts the Massive in MOOC, making Alec Couros’ EC&I 831, with 31 credit students and 131 non-credit students, feel positively cozy. #Change 11 is loosely structured; participants are directed to create a Web presence, tag all their Web documents, and find kindred spirits. E&C 831 is […]

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Entering #Change11

I’m going to use my blog as my primary location for my participating in the #change11 MOOC. My intention is to write weekly, reflecting on whatever’s come up on (in? with?) the MOOC and however that ties in to what I’m thinking about that week. One of the reasons I want to use my blog is that I’ve been thinking for a long time about […]

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