Thing #6 was as bad in terms of "sucking up time" as was Thing #5. Mashups look great. I really like the idea of the kids creating their own Magazine cover and doing a voice layover for it to either bring in text from a particular work or as a MC explaining how the cover relates to a particular work. However, it is going to be much more labor intensive than mosaics and I will have to go back to it when I have more time to figure out all the steps!
This step ended up being a time trap for me. Once on the site I was not content to just check out the site and figure out how to set up mosaics--no I had to set up a personal account, a family photo album, and send out invitations to family members. I can see where this site could be beneficial for the students. Setting up tone or plot mosaics for a particular story would be fun for them while providing a way to incorporate exercises for 'differentiation.' Be careful about spending too much time on this step!
This step was the most difficult to go through. Not because the content was difficult, but because the links that were set up sent you further ahead into step 4 before you should be there. I accidentally set up my blog before I finished with Thing #3. Otherwise the process has been alot of fun!
Of the seven and 1/2 things I believe that making the goal is actually the easiest for me. It has always impressed me that you are 80% more likely to accomplish a goal by simply writing it down in active form (In five years I will be the president of my own company). The thing that is the most difficult for me is the actual listing of tasks. It sometimes feels that I am spending all my time making lists instead of working on my goal! #2 down which means that I have also complete #3...but I save that for a new post!
After spending 22 years as non-profit financial manager, I went back to college to get my Ph.D. in literature. While completing my classwork, I taught classes in World Literature, Technical Writing, American Survey, English Survey, Composition I and II, English Romanticism, and Modernism. My emphasis is in Literature with emphases in American Women Writers, American Modernism, Edna St. Vincent Millay and the study of Fairy Tales as an old genre used in the twentieth century to reconstruct the feminine voice. In addition, I scuba dive,travel,delve around antique shops and sit in coffee bars reading.
Finally, a BLOG to call my own. I waited entirely too long to do this and can hardly wait to use it as a classroom tool. More importantly it will serve as a way to find out what my students are doing, thinking, or needing. This is going to be great! So, feel free to explore all types of questions with me and each other keeping in mind to always respect each other's point of view. Hope you are having a wonderful summer.