Prepping for today's 101 class ended up taking about 8 hours yesterday, but only because I ended up getting really into going to different links, reading different articles, reading various web sites, pulling books off the shelves, etc. Just plain old got into it, I guess. I ended up getting Wendy Bishop's reading survey from one of the "hint sheets" in The Subject is Reading, which turned out to be a pretty interesting jump-start into our critical reading mini-unit which willl segue into the position papers. But since this semester we're using Envision, I've been focusing a whole lot on "visual rhetoric" and they just got finished writing a rhetorical analysis of advertisements or editorial cartoons. So, I'm having them read a chapter from Frank Smith: "What Happens When You Read?" and then 3 online articles mentioned on the daily agenda blog for the class--http://collegewritingskills.blogspot.com--OR the Burbules article "Rhetorics of the Web." I'll be curious to see what they end up thinking of these pieces, and what their opinion of online reading is like. One thing is nice is that most students in that first class are art majors of one type or another or English majors, so the visual rhetoric angle works well for them. The second group is primarily psychology majors (or is it the other way around?). Anyway, I enjoy being able to tap into my understandings from the Reading Theory class at IUP. Thanks, McAndrew, for such a good class, even though we only had 3 students that semester!
Not quite 8 p.m. on a Friday night. . . and yet I'm still in school mode. Mentally making a to-do list for the weekend, a list that is quite full, and a week ahead that is fuller still. Or is that still more full? My bookmarks this week are quite interesting: Cool Web Women, Rules for the Wired, Virtual Communities and Social Distance, Blogs and the Workplace, The New River, Interactive.Theory.Bibliography, Craig Baehr's "Online Publishing" Syllabus at Texas Tech, frAme Journal of Culture and Technology, and Dr. Lesko's homepage--i.e., Plagiary.