Discards

Discards

When I told people I was moving to Portland, OR, I received pretty consistent reactions. “Oh, I love Portland.” Or, ” Ohhhh, I have always wanted to go to Portland.” Or, “Ha— I’ve seen Portlandia. I’ve heard it’s just like that.” But it would be a mistake to reinforce the impression that PDX is an idyllic hipster haven. Yes, there are independent bookstores, coffee shops on every block, […]

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CLMOOC as Metaphor

CLMOOC as Metaphor

For the first time since I entered kindergarten, I am officially unaffiliated with any educational institution. I’m no longer a student, teacher, supervisor, teacher educator, parent, volunteer, or whatever other role you can think of. My lack of official affiliation may be why I dove into CLMOOC 2016 with such gusto. Not that I produced many artifacts that crossed modes or mixed others’ work, but I thought […]

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Banish the Expert

Banish the Expert

I finished my doctorate. (Finally.) I’ve taken about two months to decompress– made a big new perennial garden, broken in a new bicycle– and now I’m easing in to the realm of What’s Next? The plan this summer is to banish the Expert from my life on the interwebz. That Expert being me, of course. Spend enough time working, researching, reading, teaching in academe and […]

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The Doctor Is In

The Doctor Is In

  On April 18, I defended my dissertation and, by day’s end, was officially declared a “doctor.” I promptly went into shock. When I encountered the image above, I laughed out loud. That’s it! I thought. Having the image may not have cured the shock, but it’s a start. As I find my feet on this post-doctoral terrain, I plan to delve into some of the ideas I […]

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Rant Alert: Problems with Internet Access Are Mental Too

Rant Alert: Problems with Internet Access Are Mental Too

I was in a meeting today about a youth program I’m helping develop. I needed to take some notes, so I pulled out my phone, brought up my favorite note-taking app, and starting typing away. Somebody leaned over and smirked, “That’s right, practice being a role model for the kids.” I went from calm to infuriated in about two seconds. I had to leave the meeting […]

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Straddling Multiple Worlds in a MOOC

Straddling Multiple Worlds in a MOOC

I’ve done it. I’ve signed up for Connected Courses, mapped my blog to my own domain (and paid the $), downloaded WordPress, and added my blog to the syndicated list. I must be out of my mind. Why, you ask? Here’s the list. I’m writing my dissertation and planning to Be Done this year. The title, Breaking Open the Wor(l)d: New Literacies, the World Wide Web, […]

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Of Insights & Supernovas

Some days, I think I am a very slow learner. Today is one such day. Today is also a day when a whole lot of things I’ve been thinking about have collided in a supernova of insight. In a recent blog post, I mentioned the idea (of a scholar/writer whose name eludes me) that teachers need to become public intellectuals. I’ve been thinking about what […]

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Educon-omizing

I’ve been interested to read the  range of blogged responses to Educon 2.3, the education conference held at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, from January 28-30. There was excitement, giddiness, a sense of pleasure and relief over returning to the fold or finding oneself among kindred spirits. There were critical posts, and some expressions of hurt and anger. A number of folks, from Liz […]

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What’s love got to do with it?

The other day, in my Writing Nonfiction class,  I heard myself say, “You don’t have to love, er, like each other, but you must honor and respect each others’ writing and processes of learning.” That word love slipped out before I could catch it and I felt a little embarrassed. It’s just not the kind of word we use in education. But isn’t that kind […]

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