What Is My Purpose? Bearing Witness to Your Students

The other day my roommate said I babysat my students. Apparently, I just show up and make sure nineteen students don’t kill themselves. But then the following day, I went a step further  in a seminar paper about teaching programming language in public schools: thinking about Paulo Friere’s banking model and Sir Ken Robinson’s factoryContinue reading “What Is My Purpose? Bearing Witness to Your Students”

Academic-Jesus New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. The goals I set for myself years ago continue into the new year. But this year I made a Jesus New Year’s Resolution as part of my Bible study group’s activity. I know. Jesus New Year’s Resolution sounds corny but it’s no less important to me. New Year’s ResolutionsContinue reading “Academic-Jesus New Year’s Resolutions”

What “English” Means

Last month I posted on my Facebook timeline about my recent award and presentation at the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston, Texas. Many of my friends and former professors liked my posts or commented a congratulations, but two of my classmates from high school went a step further. They took posts asContinue reading “What “English” Means”

The Day Prince Died I Thought My Brother Had Died

“Prince is dead.” My oldest brother’s text message flashed on my phone as I was walking back to the office from conferencing with a student. I was baffled. “Uh, excuse me?” I replied. Then my heart quickened. My stomach churned. I thought about his unexpected death in a car accident, perhaps, and if he wasContinue reading “The Day Prince Died I Thought My Brother Had Died”

Conversations Aren’t Meant to Be in Boxes

  I  write a lot of stuff in my PhD program. The usual stuff for seminars, yes, but also the stuff that doesn’t count for credit: e-mails, text messages, IM messages, Facebook comments, personal blog posts, personal essays, notes to myself, notes to other people, reflections for professional development. I’m intentional with every word I write, evenContinue reading “Conversations Aren’t Meant to Be in Boxes”

Empathetic/Sympathetic Action: A Design Proposal

My design proposal veers away from my rhetorical analyses of Yes We Code. But the proposal relates to issues in race. The recent events on campus I blogged about last month is still on my mind. Madison is known for fostering progressive values although its own racial disparities are an obvious blind spot in theContinue reading “Empathetic/Sympathetic Action: A Design Proposal”

Subactivism and Slacktivism:

Bakardjieva, Maria. “Subactivism: Lifeworld and Politics in the Age of the Internet.” The Information Society: An International Journal 25.2 (2009): 91-104. Print. In this article, Bakardjieva explains subactivism–the everyday, subjective experience of political action in counter-public spaces; in this case, the Internet. Current theories only consider civic participation  in objectively experienced  public sphere while neglecting subactivism asContinue reading “Subactivism and Slacktivism:”

Annotated Bibliography on Literacy as Cultural Tool

Delpit, Lisa. “The Silence Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People’s Children.” Harvard Educational Review 58.3 (1988): 280-298. PDF. Delpit argues that skills-based instruction and process-based instruction are infused with five components of cultures of power. She explains that these components cause a miscommunication between “liberal education movements and that of non-white, non middle-classContinue reading “Annotated Bibliography on Literacy as Cultural Tool”

Long Sighs, Untied Shoes, and Wobbling Seesaws

Photo Credit: harmishhk via Flickr Racism and discrimination rock UW-Madison again. On Twitter students of color use the #theRealUW to share their stories of everyday microaggressions ( a reminder of the I, too, am UW-Madison campaign). They demand that UW-Madison do more about hate and racial slurs on campus. My response is a long sigh. The same sigh I giveContinue reading “Long Sighs, Untied Shoes, and Wobbling Seesaws”

Place, Protest, and Rhetoric

This week’s readings examined the relationship between place, protest, and rhetoric. Roxanne Mountford’s “On Gender and Rhetorical Space” argues that rhetoricians need have undertheorized space in their scholarship. Although thinking of space as a metaphor for “the cultural landscape of laws, customs, and beliefs that form the geographies of our lives” (41), Mountford argues that rhetoriciansContinue reading “Place, Protest, and Rhetoric”