An archived stack of papers: 'Unorganized'

Low College Enrollment

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Mar
  • 23
  • 2006

According to a San Jose Mercury News article, not enough high school graduates go on to the UC or CSU systems. Those two systems are the only colleges looked at, collectively called “in-state colleges.” The article, a summary of ... read more

Looking Back At Winter Break

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Feb
  • 26
  • 2006

And now it’s over.

On the verge of returning to work, this Sunday evening is spent in quiet reflection… and frantic scrambling to gather plans underneath me in anticipation of the week. The grade period ends on Friday and I simply must grade at least one more set of essays and collect all of the work we’ve completed in class. Here’s what I’ve done:

During... read more

We Have The Numbers (And We’re Voting Yes)

In a stack of papers called Reform, Unorganized.

  • Feb
  • 09
  • 2006

Stumbling onto a news report of an education poll, the glaring problem of differing expectations in schools across the nation (world?) stands almost untouched. I’ll just say at the outset that I’m not sure I feel too confident in anything with AOL’s initials attached to it,... read more

Into [Not So] Thin Air

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Jan
  • 22
  • 2006

Glancing through my teaching materials, one thought on the way my classes run currently and another on the way I want to run things, I cleared the way for a new method, hunched my shoulder against the inevitable problems coming this week, and stared absently at the vastness of my Writers INC (pages 160-65) and Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes: The American Experience (pages 994-95 and... read more

No Such Thing As Forced Empathy

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Jan
  • 19
  • 2006

I posted yesterday about the basic composition problems that are plaguing my juniors and seniors. Laurie wrote a comment that I’ve been thinking about ever since, but I don’t really know how to do it. How do we create writing prompts that students care about in response to texts that they don’t? And don’t give... read more

Still Problems After All These Years

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Jan
  • 18
  • 2006

I find myself shocked that I have to remind juniors and seniors about things as elementary as underlining or italicizing titles of plays; that a play is not a novel or book; that the title of your essay needs to say something about the essay content; that, no, a handwritten version of the final draft is not acceptable; that, no, it’s not ok for me to print your essay on the day of the final. This... read more

What Are Words For?

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Jul
  • 12
  • 2005

Bayosphere is shaping up to be a site where citizen journalism reigns. I definitely want to let next year’s journalism students know about the site (if we even have journalism, a decision that is yet to be made, sadly). It’s easy to see how Bayosphere could provide an audience in addition to models for writing. All that would take is for the students... read more

Comments: A Natural Part

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Jun
  • 18
  • 2005

Reading around a bit after my last post, I started thinking about how I’ll be grading blog entries next year. This part year, I graded them on completion. If the entry was done, it got full credit, regardless of the quality. That’s a shame because one student wrote a poem as a response from Romeo about the... read more

Who Is It All About?

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Apr
  • 14
  • 2005

Paul Robichaux came to our staff development meeting today and filled in the monthly “Ten Minutes of Pedagogy” slot. I have numerous problems with his presence at our meeting (his unopposed agenda presented to us, his discussion had nothing to do with pedagogy, he didn’t contribute to staff development in any meaning of the... read more

Travelocity Uses CSS!?

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Jan
  • 30
  • 2005

I’m planning a trip to New York to visit a dear friend and, while planning, I noticed that the Travelocity Web site has gone through a face lift. To be honest, I can’t quite remember what it used to look like, but I know that it’s not the same as when I first looked at airfare two weeks ago. Well, maybe my memory’s not so good and there... read more