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About mem13

The world is a rare and colorful and unfathomable place. I hope to capture it here as it looks through the slant of my lens. This is a blog where I write about any- and everything I can think of. Mostly past and present stuff, although if you look closely you'll pick up some prophecies, too (prophecies void in Tennessee). Links to book reviews I've written elsewhere. Once I did a mixed media poem thing. That was cool. The two coolest people I’ve met were Ralph Nader & Chuck D. Chuck praised my threads. Can’t beat that.

Google Documents (as of early 2015) for Teaching Writing, Part 2

by Shyam Sharma In part one of this piece, Shyam Sharma talked about the set-up and function of Google Docs, and how it impacts teaching writing, professor feedback, and student agency. Here in part two, he looks at its workshop … Continue reading

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Google Documents (as of early 2015) for Teaching Writing – Part 1

by Shyam Sharma I was more impressed when Steve Jobs said that he didn’t let his kids use the iPad than when he called it “magical” while launching it. So, as I share these teaching tips about effectively using Google Docs … Continue reading

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Understanding Grammar as Fractal: Rhetorical effects and cultural implications, by MaryAnn Duffy

In science, the fractal is a relatively new discovery. The term comes from its Latin root, fractus, which means “to break” and alludes to the jagged, irregular-shaped edge. It is the term Benoit Mandelbrot, a linguist and mathematician, used in … Continue reading

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My “GWID” conundrums

by Shyam Sharma When I taught the graduate-level writing in the disciplines (or “GWID,” as I call it) course last spring, which had a lot of nonnative English speaking (NNES) students, I faced a lot of conundrums. How much time … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Student Conferences and Teaching, by Marilyn Zucker

For the past week, I’ve had students come in for conferences, talking one-on-one with them about their research essays. As they arrive at my office, I hand them the draft I’ve commented on. I ask them to sit in the … Continue reading

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I Could Never Teach Writing, by Susan Scarf Merrell

“I could never teach writing,” a literary novelist of my acquaintance said emphatically over dinner the other night. His reading to our MFA students had run long, and each of the book buyers waiting to meet him had asked additional … Continue reading

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Round One, by Joseph Labriola

Syllabus drafting, lesson planning, in-class activity organizing, homework plotting— you can spend every heavy blink of your groggy mornings and stretching yawn of your delirious late nights scratching your brain to try and perfect the perfect college class. No matter … Continue reading

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