ITMA Portfolio

After about a year, I have finally edited my portfolio from the Instructional Technology master’s program at Virginia Tech. I needed to redirect a lot of links in order to make sure everything functioned. Feel free to check it out if you are interested in that sort of thing. A link to it has a … Continue reading ITMA Portfolio

ITMA Project Finished!

I am very pleased to announce that my ITMA project is finished. I have turned it in and am just awaiting the feedback. If you would like to check out the finished product, visit the wiki. The first thing I thought when I woke up this morning is that I didn’t have to work on … Continue reading ITMA Project Finished!

ITMA Project Update and Vacation!

I feel like I’ve been lazy. I haven’t done much work on my project this week. I have been playing Guitar Hero, reading a little bit, and goofing around on my computer. I can’t seem to get motivated, so I decided maybe it was my brain telling me I needed to take a break from … Continue reading ITMA Project Update and Vacation!

ITMA Project Update

I apologize if you’re getting tired of these project updates. This ITMA project IS my summer, apparently, so I’m not really working on anything else to reflect on. Since my last update on June 18, I’ve done a lot. The first objective in the professional development wiki I’m creating is for the learners to create … Continue reading ITMA Project Update

ITMA Project Progress Report

Are you getting tired of my progress reports on this project? I hope not! It’s all I’m doing aside from summer stuff—reading good books I don’t have the time to read during the school year, making pies for the family reunion, trying to figure out if the oven is broken (it’s not), and updating WordPress. … Continue reading ITMA Project Progress Report

ITMA Project Update

I am making some good progress on my ITMA project. You can read my project proposal here. I finished my instructional analysis, which was a lot of work, but valuable for planning. I have just begun creating the actual project. I have been having a lot of fun with the project. So far, I have … Continue reading ITMA Project Update

Miss Emily and Walt Whitman

I am taking Mr. Teacher’s advice and posting about some of the lesson ideas you can find on the handout page. Arguably the two greatest American poets of the nineteenth century were Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, yet two more disparate poets would be difficult to find. For instance, Whitman wrote in free verse, while … Continue reading Miss Emily and Walt Whitman

Some Reflections on Being a Student Again

One of the many reasons I haven’t had much time to blog lately is the fact that I went back to grad school in September. I’m working on my doctorate at Northeastern University. Working full time and going to school has meant all the writing I’ve had time to do has mostly been for school, … Continue reading Some Reflections on Being a Student Again

FAQ: Teaching American Literature Thematically

Over two years ago, I wrote a post about my approach to teaching American literature thematically. I close comments on posts once they are a year old, but this post continues to generate some questions, so I thought I would post an update in answer to the questions people most frequently ask me about teaching … Continue reading FAQ: Teaching American Literature Thematically

American Literature: How I Threw Out the Chronology and Embraced the Themes

If you went to an American high school, I’ll bet your high school had an American literature course. Other courses seem to vary based on type of school, location, and other interests, but American literature seems to be the one universal course. I know it’s the only literature course that all the high schools where … Continue reading American Literature: How I Threw Out the Chronology and Embraced the Themes