Entries from October 2009

My White Whale: Writing Styles and the ocean of confusion

Date October 29, 2009

I’ve been teaching for a decade now, was in college for 11 years writing research, and before that spent the required amount of time in high school. I’ve probably written 4-5 dozen researched papers and have probably taught the form to at least 25 different courses. Mr. Morgan in 11th grade English class back in […]

AETA Conference: Something happen on the way to hanging with cool authors

Date October 23, 2009

This past weekend I was accepted to speak both days at the Arizona English Teacher’s Association, which occurs in central Arizona each fall. Shelley Rodrigo and I had decided we’d present on Embracing the Chaos of Web 2.0, but I also had some other ideas. Sometimes I find there are certain technologies I’ve used for […]

Kindle vs. iTouch

Date October 22, 2009

Recently I was speaking with a colleague at Arizona State University who was eager to buy her first Kindle. I asked why she’d not considered an iTouch. She just shrugged, and I shared some researched I’d done last summer. Simply put you could buy a Kindle and read books, and that’s cool, but if you […]

At 2:00am, YouTube is your Friend

Date October 19, 2009

Many of my colleagues who have dismissed YouTube as a dumping ground for “look at what funny stuff my dog can do” have missed out on a fabulous resource. Don’t get me wrong, there are some amusing videos featuring different animals doing lots of unlikely things; however, there also are tons of “how-to” videos. You […]

PJ Haarsma & Frank Beddor discuss becoming authors at AETA

Date October 19, 2009

Today at Arizona English Teacher’s Association Frank Beddor, the author of The Looking Glass Wars, and PJ Haarsma, the author of The Softwire Series, are discussing their books in a keynote entitled “Something funny happened on the way to becoming an author”. The two men have been friends from before they became authors and told […]

Me & Jon Krakauer

Date October 4, 2009

I’ve been teaching Into the Wild, the journey of Christopher McCandless, since early in 2005 so when Changing Hands Bookstore announced that they were bringing Jon Krakauer to town I was stoked. Into the Wild seems to touch more of my students than any other required novel. Last month Krakauer released his next nonfiction novel- […]