Learn how to 'learn something new everyday'

I have been enrolled in courses in which my professors used a powerpoint presentation every single day. When required to do a presentation in front of my peers, I also made use of Microsoft Powerpoint in order to present my information. I felt that using such a visual aid was a valuable tool to add multimedia zing to the classroom. Last week, I gave a Chaucer presentation to my Media…

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AP English Blather

[I]t is the most common thing in the world for a new English teacher to demand that her students throw out everything they’ve worked so hard to learn and then start completely from scratch. New semester, new teacher, new rules. I say we have no right. I tell my students that, too–we have no right! How, you might wonder, do I square this conviction with the fact that I explicitly…

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Dazzled by Flash Fiction

The term ‘flash fiction’ can be used to describe several genres or modes of writing. Such writing can include traditional or mainstream short-short stories as well as various other types such as American haibun, ghost stories, monologues, epistles, mysteries, myths, tall tales, fables, anti-fables, parables, romance, fairy tales, horror, suspense, science fiction, prose poetry, and more. It can also embrace several “isms” such as magical realism, dadaism, futurism, surrealism, irrealism,…

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Legend of the Jerz

The men of the Shihuh tribe carried the jerz, a small axe-head on a long stick. They used the implement for many purposes — it chopped the firewood, provided the grip for climbing and came in handy as a walking stick to step over the stones. To complement the jerz they also carried the special khasabi knife called the peshak. There is nothing on record to support the origins of…

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The New Face of the Silicon Age

[L]et’s face facts, she could do your $70,000-a-year job for the wages of a Taco Bell counter jockey – she won’t lose any sleep over your plight. When I ask what her advice is for a beleaguered American programmer afraid of being pulled under by the global tide that she represents, Jairam takes the high road, neither dismissing the concern nor offering soothing happy talk. Instead, she recites a portion…

Media studies: The next generation

Media literacy is the buzzword. Already part of the national curriculum in England for older children, the government also wants primary school pupils to have a greater understanding of the hidden depths of TV, films and other media. More than ever before, children are immersed in a media-saturated world and exposed to television in particular. –Jonathan Duffy –Media studies: The next generation (BBC) Thanks for the link, Rosemary.

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I'm Exhausted… Thank You, Students!

I’m Exhausted… Thank You, Students!Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) Thursday is a marathon day for me… class at 11, 2, and a 2 1/2 hour marathon at 6pm. My first class is “Seminar in Thinking in Writing,” during which I asked the students to work in groups to come up with sample thesis statements. Ordinarily pretty dry stuff, but the subject matter was the myth of the American family, and I and…