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My online class "went live" at midnight. So, after the Fall Semester That Shall Forever Be Remembered As Folly (translation: should have took everyone's advice and not tried to teach after losing Morguhn), I am, this semester, teaching an entirely new-to-me course (Film Appreciation) in a new venue (large lecture hall) and a new version of my old friend, College English, in an also new venue--totally online.

I thought this was a good idea why?

But I digress.

One of the requirements for the online class is that they set up an LJ that must be "unlocked"--they can, of course, post locked entries, but the idea here is to get them to post in the danger zone that is the open internet. Awhile back I solicited input about good blogs. I got many really good references, and now my personal reading life is even more full--thank you (I think). I winnowed the list down so as to not give them overload. I tried to balance male and female, super graphic with not so much, and tried to give a variety of tones place on the list. I had to be careful not to give them anything that would send up hackles. The only thing I didn't get was a referral to a blog that was clearly authored by a person of color (which is why I couldn't list the blog thingswhitepeoplelike, which I thought was a great exemplar, but I had nothing to balance).

Anyway, for the curious, here is a portion of what I posted to my students (sans the live links, just titles):
[after a couple of links to specific posts I've read]...Now read some before and after the selected posts. You'll see that except for the occasional short post, the posts are thoughtful, even philosophical. And the posts use standard English, with attention to good grammar and punctuation.

There are any number of other good blogs out there, all written by "amateurs," by which I mean people who do not make their living as writers. Here are some examples. This is by no means a comprehensive list. I've tried to include a variety of perspectives and focuses. Please be aware that these are the personal voices of individuals. If you look back and forward from the links, you will see that the positions the writers take are sometimes controversial, and sometimes deal frankly, but respectfully, with uncomfortable subjects (like politics, religion, and sex).Take a look at them and decide how you want to present yourself in your blog.

Smart Bitches

The Adventure is All In Your Mind

WWdn: In Exile

Franklin Veaux's Journal

Backpacking Dad

A Day in the Life of an Ambulance Driver

Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Shadow Muse


And, for those of you keeping track, I haven't done the self-report yet, but I did find last year's, so now I can start. Thanks for asking. Yes, I am a slacker. Yes, some things never change, no matter which side of the desk you're sitting on. I suspect my "last minute" students don't believe me that I completely understand them. I do. But I never thought my doing things at the last minute was something the instructor should care about, and certainly never thought it should be excused. It's a self-imposed panic situation, whether for them, or for me.

Consider the panic button pushed.


Edited at 12:23 to add:
Self-Report/Planning Document turned in.
Powerpoint for HU 188 1 PM class done.
Go me!



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Mar. 13th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
For future use: http://angryblackbitch.blogspot.com/

Don't let the title fool you. Look it over, you might find it works.
Mar. 13th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Oh my! She's a treat, and I mean that in the best possible way. Excellent. Many thanks, which I would say in Japanese if my accent when I do it didn't make my Japanese students giggle.
Mar. 14th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
There are a lot of things students don't understand. My best one - that I share with some of them - is the old "If it wasn't for the last-minute, some things would never get done"
Mar. 14th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Here's another you might want to tuck away if you want to rotate blogs occassionally. Written by a female law enforcement officer. (also a pilot, hunter, cook....)

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