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Me & Gunther Go to the Beach

So, I’m reading Literacy in the New Media Age by Gunther Kress and today we went to the beach. I’ve never taken theories to the beach, especially not theories of semiotics. But we shared a lovely 20 pages or so before I felt I needed some time to digest what I’d read. I’m not sure I’m at home in the arguments he’s building about new […]

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Today’s Moment of Heresy

I’m sitting under the portico on the back deck of the Truro, MA  library, watching the kids from the local day camp run relay races. It’s one of the top ten days here: pure blue sky, light breeze, endless sun. I walked for a long while on the beach this morning, to this year’s sandbar where hundreds of grey seals are resting. They make this […]

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Othello Uptown

In the final session during the recent English Companion Ning Webstitute on reading classic and YA lit with students, Jennie asked me to revisit the wonderful work of one of my student teachers. The place: A middle school in one of the northern-most neighborhoods of Manhattan, largely Latino, failing. (Funny how many so-called “failing” schools in NYC are in poor and or largely minority neighborhoods.) […]

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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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4 Lessons from the 3rd Webstitute

Webstitute #3 at the English Companion Ning closed earlier in the evening; I thought I’d catch a few thoughts in writing before they drifted away forever. Here are four that come to mind first: Lesson #1 Check the tech!  Need I say more? Well, one addition to my post from the other day. I think the best learning in tech situations comes from posing a […]

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PD as High-Wire Routine, Part 2 (Y’All Come Now, You Hear?)

So. We have the bare bones technical details ironed out. We think. 😉 Here’s our FAQ. EC NING WEBSTITUTE III Reading Classic and YA Texts with Students FAQ! Links to Session Descriptions & Discussion Forums MONDAY July 11 4-5 pm EDT  Teresa Bunner Balancing the Literary Scales Taking place on Adobe Connect 5-6 pm EDT  Young Adult Lit SuperPanel Taking place on Adobe Connect 6-7 […]

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Professional Development as High Wire Routine: The EC Ning’s Third Webstitute

Call it a hunch. With 110+ people signed up to participate in The English Companion Ning’s third Webstitute, our version of an online professional development conference, it struck me that it would be smart to just double check that the free webinar space was functioning as always. I must have known. Why else would I just roll my eyes when I saw that Elluminate, the […]

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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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Some of My Best Friends Are Black

Hanover,  New Hampshire is a quintessential New England town. Ivy-covered brick buildings ring a huge green that is criss-crossed with paved paths. A white steeple pokes up in the distance. But it’s not a real town. The buildings around the green are one small part of the Dartmouth College campus. Shops and restaurants blend into the edge of campus; you can’t really tell where the […]

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