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 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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Thinking about Writing in a Digital Age

In June, Darren Draper blogged about Will Richardson’s switch from a traditional blog to Tumblr. Darren conjectured that we might be entering a new phase in educational blogging, toward platforms like Tumblr and Posterous that support shorter, more spontaneous writing. Darren wondered whether this indicates a trend away from the thoughtful, in-depth writing that has been common in traditional blogs, and whether such movement ultimately […]

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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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Me and the Boys from Bangalore

I was hours away from finishing the final qualifying paper, AKA comps, for my doctoral program. It was 10:30 p.m. and if I stuck with it, I could get the citations done before dawn. I was working on a big, graphic-heavy document and Word was acting finicky– I’d started getting messages that my disk was running out of space, which was pretty much impossible, I […]

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Perspectives on Literacy Late on a Friday

Today a promising exchange about New Literacies broke out on Twitter. I love Twitter, but when you’re talking about the “new” in “New Literacies,” 140 characters just won’t cut it. Yes, something rubs me the wrong way about that phrase.  I remember reading  Ben Grey’s blog post, “Letting Literacy be Literacy” last spring.  Ben’s cogent sentence got a big, “Yes!” out of me as I […]

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