What I’m reading (I think)

Tuesday, July 26 I’ve stolen this idea from Dacia Mitchell, a doctoral student at NYU. Sometimes it’s easy to fall into the doctoral studies bog; there’s so much reading, such a constancy of writing, thinking (agonizing) that it’s a challenge to think of blogging. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s had moments of conviction that no one wants to read stuff like this. […]

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Riding It Out

I got on my bike today for the second time in four years. The first time was two days ago. That may not sound odd unless you were once used to cycling upwards of 40 or 50 miles a day. I was, before I started my doctoral program. I rode a measly 11 miles two days ago and I thought I would die. My quads […]

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Your Mouth Is Moving But All I Hear Is….

[Rant Alert] I’m about 15 pages away from fulfilling my academic obligations for the spring semester.  (Yes, I realize it’s June. I have reasons. Just ask my Esteemed Advisor.) But I have to get a few things off my chest before I can finish the paper. I spent hours this past semester reading hundreds of pages of curriculum theorizing. Many of these were written by […]

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The Knife-Edge of Praxis

You can tell we’re entering crunch time in the semester; more of us are closing the library at night and I’ve taken to packing a power strip when I head in for the day– it’s hard to believe there are not enough outlets for a table of six earnest (panicking?) grad students. My current mission is a short paper due tonight, for my class in […]

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Curriculum Theorizing: Everybody Hates an Ivory Tower

Work with me here. I have no idea how I will capture these thoughts in words, at least that make sense. I can start only with a deeply felt sense that I am in trouble. At almost the midpoint of this semester course in curriculum theorizing, all of the following are true: If you were to ask me for a flat-out definition of curriculum theory […]

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Homework Becomes Electric

As part of my class in curriculum theorizing, I have to devise a homework plan, something that will move me along in my own work as I engage the ideas and readings from class. I’m going to do it on my blog, under the category of Homework. We are in the middle of a revolution in public schooling, and I see it as a revolution […]

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