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August 2015

Don’t Look Away; Be Brave: Using Hozier to Tackle Uncomfortable Topics in Developmental English

I don’t always scrap a semester’s worth of plans the week before school starts, but when I do, it’s probably because I watched a Hozier video.

I may very well have been one of the last people to watch Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” video. For whatever reason, it wasn’t even on my radar until the end of summer when a close friend of mine put an iPad in my hands and said, “Here watch this.” I watched it once, and then again, put my sunglasses on and stared out the window for a long time. It was maybe one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen and at the same time gave me the feeling that I’d been punched and might throw up at any moment. If you’ve seen it, maybe you know what I mean. If you haven’t, you should.

Continue reading “Don’t Look Away; Be Brave: Using Hozier to Tackle Uncomfortable Topics in Developmental English”

The Life Span of a Syllabus

The first day of class is one I look toward with both excitement and trepidation. There is nothing as exciting as meeting a classroom full of anxious new faces and students, but that can easily be quashed by the seemingly robotic presentation of the syllabus, only to know that by the end of the fifth week of class (if not before) you will be the angry cat in the classroom.

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Icebreakers

My professors always start the first day of class with some sort of student introductions. What are some good ideas for these activities?

Graphic Narratives: Theory, Form, and Application

So, whether you have been paying attention to it or not, our world and our culture has really come around to embracing its visual aspects of communication and expressions once again. I say once again because as theorist Scott McCloud notes in his work Understanding Comics, communication through images was far more common: think of Bayeux Tapestry and Egyptian hieroglyphs.

This being on our plate, I think it is best that we establish and look at the rhetorical situation we have at hand before us. Continue reading “Graphic Narratives: Theory, Form, and Application”

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