I love conferences. I always end up feeling so invigorated after attending. This was especially so after the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis.
Sometimes, the weirdest activities are the most helpful.
A couple of days ago, I had my students try one of my favorite ways to understand something I’ve written: color-coding their drafts.
Last week, I ran my Spring Break Give Away to celebrate a week off a school.
Turns out, I was celebrating a week of the respiratory flu! Yay!
But, don’t worry. My germs didn’t touch this Barnes & Noble gift card at all. It’s been tucked away safely in my planner, which I would have been avoiding all week, ill or not.
Today, I’ll be brief, just long enough to announce the winner: th3bak3rman!
Please let me know via my contact page where I can send your gift card! 🙂
On Thursday, Jon Stewart encouraged viewers to remix Mitch McConnell’s new campaign ad. If you haven’t seen the segment, you should really check it out (especially if #McConnelling is appearing anywhere online that you happen to looking).
I immediately began to connect this with Jim Rodolfo and Danielle Nicole DeVoss’s concept of rhetorical velocity, a concept I am still working toward understanding in full (I’ve heard it talked about a lot, but typically only in passing). Like Stewart comments, it seems like this video may have been made with repurposing in mind (a key aspect of rhetorical velocity as a strategy for initial composing), and I doubt that much could have increased the speed of that happening the way that Stewart’s #McConnelling campaign has.
I could think of a lot of songs that would fit this video well, but I haven’t had the energy or the spirit to compose a #McConnelling video. Instead, I’ll just enjoy the works that other people have created. And here are some of my favorites from YouTube: Continue reading
Why don’t you enjoy a nice case of the respiratory flu, with a side of ear infection?
No? You don’t want to?
I had so many grand plans for this week. I was going to reorganize all of the things. I was going to shop at the Macy’s one-day sale. I was going to have dinner with my BFF, Marky. I was going to play The Sims! Continue reading
If you’re reading this, I just finished up teaching my last class before Spring Break!
What a semester it’s been so far. Between snow days, technology issues, yada yada yada. . .I am so ready for this week off. And I’ve even managed to keep up with grading so that I get to have a week off.
This is rare. I still have some work to do, but nothing major. Yay!
And to share this excitement, I’ve got a GIVE AWAY for you! Continue reading
I had been warned that Bellman & Black was nothing like The Thirteenth Tale. And I wanted to believe that that was okay, that it would be fine, that Setterfield’s academic-y prose and excellent use of suspense would win out.
It didn’t. Continue reading