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    on becoming public

    For ds106 this week, we are to create a domain and reflect upon that act. Since I’ve had a domain for many years (so long that I can’t quite remember when I got my first one), this is making me...
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    what happens in the classroom

    I have the best job. I seriously do. At the University of Minnesota, we have very distinct campuses — even within the Twin Cities itself. I’ve been fortunate enough to teach at both the Minneapolis and the Saint Paul campuses. I say this because there are differences between them. When I teach on ...
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    connective changes

    As I write this, I’m into hour 15 of being without my beloved 17″ Macbook Pro. Her logic board failed yesterday, and I had to take her to the Genius Bar where I was told that while I had taken very good care of her over the last four years (and seriously, the Genius did say this several times), ...
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    one is the loneliest

    This is not meant to be a whining post. It’s more of a sharing of “what I’ve learned while in grad school” post, I hope. Justification out of the way. Check. I’ve always been a loner. Well, I don’t know if everyone would have seen that of me, but that’s how I’ve always felt. Sure, ...
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    When I first began my doctoral journey, and had just moved to Minnesota, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Krista Kennedy, who was, at the time, ABD in the Writing Studies Department at the University of Minnesota (she is now an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University). I had moved ...
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    On being skeptical

    I’m often asked what I teach, and when I respond, it is often with “I teach thinking.” Some people nod, without asking what I mean, while others look at me quizzically, and still others engage. “What do you mean by that?” they may ask. I teach thinking through the exercise of writing and reading. ...
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    identity in fyw

    Recently a colleague asked me to share some ideas on how to present on identity to a first year writing class. I told her that during the time I was teaching fyw (I’m currently teaching rhetoric, technology, and the internet), I approached it through a very multimodal pop culture focus: Lady ...
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    the internet: then and now

    Last week, students and I listened to a 1993 podcast from NPR’s Science Friday and watched a video from a 1994 NBC Today Show. Each of these was taking a look at the Internet at the time, forming questions around “what is this thing” to “what can this do for me?” While the Today Show clip reminded ...
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    Writ3577 students & their projects

    This semester Writ3577 (Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet) students have created great projects that focus on helping others through volunteering and donations. Group A This group is collecting donations of CDs and DVDs to send to a local Minnesota National Guard troop statione ...
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    dear fuji

    I am near the end of this pet-sitting visit. Another day or so, and you’ll be free of me. I “say” this, that you’ll be free of me, as you rest comfortably on my lap, listening to the BBC and avoiding being upset by your pet brethren who surround us in various states of repose. You and I formed ...
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    Comment on the collateral of words by dawn

    You didn't talk/write yourself into a circle. :-) And yeah, seriously. I was told that I talk too much. Not just once, but this person made sure to reiterate it in front of an entire group of people. There are some lectures that are good, I'm guessing. But my brain engages better when I can talk things out, think about them out loud with others. *laugh* Ruthless is good. I thought I was being harsh with snarky. Yow. Heehee. ;-) And this is the thing, miss ashley, my fear paralyzes me. Seriously. I had a serious panic attack and couldn't write this paper. I made myself sick over it. And then I got mad because I did, which made me even more sick. It's an ugly cycle.

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