Thursday, July 14, 2005

A Midsummer's Day Post

I hope that you all are having a great summer, relaxing, reading, writing, doing whatever makes this time fruitful and happy.

I'm doing half of what I thought I'd do (isn't that always the case?), and my personal blog, 2 Board Alley has been my place for first draft jottings: mostly personal, sometimes sad, and sometimes silly (I'm learning Photo Show and Photo Shop via the story of Arnie, my elder cat, who is looking to remodel his home.)

Here are some very interesting links to blogs in education (take THAT, Professor Tribble!)that you might want to check out:

1. Dennis Jerz noticed that I'm reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon, and suggested that I visit this link , created and run by his student. I've already been there once, and the visit pushed my reading of CI up to my Wyoming vacation read. What I found quite interesting were the guides for people who have Asperger's Syndrome. Over the years, I've taught students who had the syndrome, and these guides gave me a better sense of what their reality can be like.

2. If you want to read about blogging and teaching English, you ought to go to Random Thoughts,written by Nancy McKeand, who teaches in Louisiana. It's readable, thoughtful and useful for those of us who are still in the ankle deep section of the blog pool.

3. Confessions of a Community College Deanis another part of my daily blogread this summer, and what I appreciate most about it is that Suburban Dad, in writing about the administrative side of things, gives us a perspective that sometimes we may lack (I know I do).

4. Liz Kleinfeld of Revision Spiralhas done us all a great favor by posting her annotated bibliography of comp/rhet articles and books. It's extensive and the kind of list in which you can lose yourself.

5. If you teach Women's Studies, go here. Now. I've already gotten some ideas for my BW class from "Picturing Women." If only I could remember where I saw the link!

6. The Academic Self Discussion Group was created by Mel of In Favor of Thinking The blog discussion is centered around Donald Hall's book of the same name. If you are wondering about the day-to-day life of a college professor, this is the book and blog to read.

7. Blogging and Professor Tribble: Well, just about EVERYONE else had weighed in on this Chronicle article of a week or so ago, and I just want to say, regarding blogging and academic writing and job searches: Doesn't he realize that colleges and businesses use blogs internally as communication sites? Not to mention in the classroom. . . .And if we have personal blogs that we do on our own time, so what? The university doesn't own us. But that's all I want to say EXCEPT that his argument is SO defeated from the start by that ridiculous pseudonym. Note to Ph.D job seekers: if, at the MLA, you find yourself with a search committee that looks like this, run, run, run away.

Well friends, I'm off to Wyoming next week, so I'll post when I return.