We made it to another Friday, but . . .
I did not feel the earthquake. I did hear about it pretty darn quickly though! (BTW, I’m not sure where this picutre originated but the best credit I can give is to this website. The version of it that was first sent to me said next to it: We will rebuild). My husband sent me a text message while I was teaching a class in Kannapolis.
Since I saw you last I attempted to write a few poems, not all of them are attempts I will be keeping, but I keep plugging away. Here is one attempt. I won’t give you any background on it now, but perhaps later if you guys are curious and/or have questions.
–and the poem is outta here as promised
Here are some of the in class writing prompts I gave my classes this week: What do you like to read? Do you like to argue? Why or Why not. We talked a little about: setting reasonable goals, the passive voice, critical reading, basics of the argument based essay, and how to fill out job applications. I shared some videos including Educational Paradigms (which sounds boring but is fascinating to watch, and will get you thinking) and also the Can You Live off Minimum Wage episode of Morgan Spurlock’s “30 Days” TV show. The link only takes you to the first part of the episode but the rest are easy to find on YouTube.
And why do I tell you all of this? Because I am love to study, to think, to ponder and I’m hoping to work on that with my students and anyone else I encounter. I feel strongly that we have to be critical thinkers and readers if we want to be critical/creative citizens of our communities. We HAVE to start joining the conversations around us.
Ok – Should I get off my soapbox now?
Oh – before I forget! I saw two reviews of my work this week. One is up at Jessica Patient’s blog Writer’s Little Helper and is about “Fat Girl.” The other is on Goodreads by Curtis Pierce on behalf of “The Wait of Atom.” And one last link that was shared with me for anyone who has ever taught: the poem Did I Miss Anything? by Tom Wayman
I’d love to discuss any of the above with you and I welcome your writing posted (or linked below). I will remove my poem and any writing posted in comments next Friday.
Looking forward to hearing about your writing, your week etc and hope everyone has a terrific weekend! Here is hoping that Irene decides she does not want to visit the coast . . .