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ENG 300 ST: The Graphic Novel

April 16, 2011


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Coming this Fall to a Saint Leo University Main Campus Near You (if you are in Saint Leo, FL):

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Shifts at the end of the previous century broke down many elitist barriers that divided high and low-brow forms of art and, in pop-culture, transformed “funny papers” and “comic books” into “graphic narratives” and “sequential art.” ENG 300 ST: The Graphic Novel is a special topics survey course designed to . . .

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Course Feedback: Your Thoughts about What You'll Take Away

April 22, 2009


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Dear Students,

I sincerely hope that you all got something positive or, at least, one useful piece of knowledge or skill that you can . . .

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One Result of an Anti-Critical Thinking Agenda

August 17, 2008


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Need a *Magic* New Teaching Methodology? Introducing *Harry Potter* Pedagogy!

December 03, 2007


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I was skeptical at first, but it seems that those Harry Potter books may actually have a purpose beyond pop-culture's claim to have begun a renaissance of reading interest in British and North American youngsters. I have previously used the structural framework of the Harry Potter narrative, as an outline at least, to demonstrate Joseph Campbell's Monomyth (the Hero's Journey) model in my literature classes--especially when stacked up against *Star Wars*--with some success. Demonstrating how myth/fantasy can a subtle reflection of reality is one thing (for some students, some real magic is needed!). However, . . .

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Have Cash-Cow Athletic Programs Trumped Education in American Universities?

October 16, 2007

Has the new Corporate University replaced the traditional liberal arts education with a "beer and circus" lifestyle-for-sale? Some speakers, such as Murray Sperber, are making the argument that big-time college sports are ruining the American undergraduate experience.

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Do Your Students Make You Feel Old?

September 30, 2007

I think this hits home for me every passing year. Have you had the same experience? The old, familiar cultural references from our generation seem to have less and less relevance to the incoming ones. It never ceases to amaze me at the things my students will laugh about...generally over something that seems only happened a few months ago in my fuzzy, blurred remembrance of yesteryear.

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Why Are Teachers Guilty of Extremely Bad Fashion?

September 15, 2007

So sad but, in my experience, so true for many of my colleagues. I suppose I must count myself among them!

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Irate Professors Can Now Strike Back at RateMyProfessor.com

August 25, 2007

I've been waiting to see how long it would take the market to discover this missing niche. Professors, are you getting a little tired of the snotty, uninformed comments any student can leave about you on sites like "Rate My Professor?" Even more frustrated by the fact that some education employers now do re-con on such sites before they decide to consider an interview (see my earlier post on MySpace and Facebook)? Now, it seems, professors have a way to retaliate against the most obtuse student "evaluations" at this site. To make it more entertaining, the responses are in a YouTube-styled video format. Have fun!

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Using Facebook and MySpace to Evaluate Teaching Applications

August 07, 2007


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Hello Job Hunters,

Isn't the process of finding suitable employment fun? Ever felt, after not getting any positive bites on your application process that, maybe, some private investigator out there was feeding your employer personal info about you that you purposefully, for reasons of legal entitlement, left off of your C.V.?

Background checks are nothing new, but a news story I read yesterday also comes as no big surprise. In our field, to find out what you AREN'T saying on your vita, employers could look at anything from your MSN, Yahoo, AOL, or other online profiles we may have created years ago (before we were prepared or decided to teach), or, if you are teaching already, Ratemyprofessor.com and so on. Sometimes just "googling" your name or groups can reveal a lot and, don't forget blogging!

Recently--and, I'm guilty of this--networking sites like Friendster, MySpace, and Facebook can tell a lot about you to someone you might want to have as an internet friend, but maybe not your employer! Maybe you don't want them to know, for instance, that you are a teacher-centered lecturer, into Bulgarian folk music journals, keg-party photo collecting, cat-juggling discussion groups, or international facial tattoo conferences.

In her article, "Job hunters hire experts to clean up online image," Reuters correspondent Stephanie Bagley discusses what some people currently on the job market are doing, and I am assuming this to include English Teachers, to. . .

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Theme Studies - Survival in Literature

April 23, 2007


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What do you have to say about the theme of "survival" in literature? See any connections between texts that you'd like to share? Please do so below:


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Born To Tell Stories: New Insights for Grammar Presentation

April 06, 2007


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This week, the English-Blog is pleased to present the following revised version of "Born to Tell Stories," an article submitted for publication by author Darryl Bishop. The original version won first prize in the 2006 Philadelphia Writers Conference for best book proposal. Bishop's piece examines . . .

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Mending your Scores at Mid-term

March 21, 2007

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21 March 2007

Students,

For those of you who came to class on the Friday before break, I have...

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Reading Days - Use to Your Advantage

March 18, 2007


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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Hello Class,

Remember at the beginning of our course (and in our syllabus) when I said that there would be a few "reading days" during the semester?

Due to some really messed up flight schedules this weekend, . . .

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Teaching English to the Seeing-Impaired

December 07, 2006


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Dear Fellow Instructors,

Perhaps one of the most overlooked areas of discussion on our sister forums and blogs would have to be the subject of presenting English studies to the physically challenged.

Teaching language to either blind or otherwise seeing-impaired individuals MUST be a challenging specialization of the industry. I am, for the most part, completely unfamiliar with this area of our field.

The excerpt from the article below, recently discovered while surfing for unique problems in English teaching, prompted the following questions: Is this an academic area of expertise that requires different curriculum, certification, etc. than "regular" English teaching qualifications? If so, where are English teachers going to get these skills? Do any of you have colleagues that specialize in this field?

Would be curious to get your input and find out if this has ever come up in your own teaching experiences . . .

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Using the Library as your Research Writing Hub

October 31, 2006


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Students,

Today we had an informative workshop in Stabley 101 of Stapleton Library with Chris Clouser. We looked at many important issues related to related to research writing, the most important of which for today's presentation: how to effectively use the library for research.

Rather than sum up all of Chris's points here, I'd rather read what you gleaned from today's experience. Please leave cogent comments to the following questions below . . .

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