Sunday, November 16, 2014

Welcome, my students!

This blog is going to gain an audience for a few months, as I attempt to bridge the gap between work and home with my words.  I will be out on a leave and need to communicate with you, so I am using this as a space for communication.  You can leave comments anonymously, or email replies to videos, articles and other posts, and you will continue to utilize the International Poetry Guild website, where I will comment and respond to your writing, too! To me, teaching is reciprocal -- it is a give and take.  This is why I always try to write the assignment you're working on, and also ask you to workshop my pieces!

Anyhoo, this is a blog, which, as we've already covered, is not a reliable source of information, because it is open source -- and is not fact-checked before published.  This is a public journal and I can say whatever I want, whether it is true or not.  But blogs are useful and important in so many ways, they are how I've figured out my stances on many issues affecting people living in this country, and abroad.  I've bemoaned loss and found love, celebrated life and honored death in this space online, and have done so since 1998, when I first went away to college.  I am looking forward to being able to read all of my old writing someday, and to passing it on for as long as the internet (and humanity) are still around.  This particular blog is my published thoughts on teaching, and it started in 2007, when I was in grad school and learning how to teach, so scroll back if you feel so inclined.

Your job is to read these posts, starting December 22nd, and to write a weekly 2 paragraph response to the lessons/songs/ideas/wonderings that are presented here.  Due to the focus of our unit, I will be posting about the media, corporate vs. public media, and what it means to make your own media here.  There are lots of other blogs that you can visit, on about any topic that you can think of, so this is just the jump off.  Do not feel like you must limit yourself to reading what I write; if I post about a topic, go and look for other blogs or news stories that deal with it to figure out how YOU feel, before you respond. I expect you to disagree with me and I welcome every conversation that we will have here.

Yours in writing,
Ms. Lauren


24 comments:

Weldy G. said...

I'm really excited about having a blog spot in this class, because it will be a way to stay connected while ms Lauren is gone. My fear is that I won't be able to do the blog post since I'm computer-less at home. The only thing I need from ms Lauren concerning the blog post is that she helps me do the blog post in the school building before the blog post it's due.

daniel ortiz said...

1)yes im very exited about bloggin
2)i dont got no fears
3)how many time do i have to check the blog a week ?

-daniel batiz

Anonymous said...

I'm excited to the blog because it going to keep me on contact with Ms.Lauren

Anonymous said...

I am excited about the opportunity to blog during class. This is a new approach to teaching and something that I've never done before.
There are no current fears or worries about blogging in this class. Nor do I need anything from you Ms. Lauren in order to feel prepared for this blogging assignment.
-Onajah

William B said...

I am happy that we can get a chance to blog in this class because we will have a better way to communicate with ms Lauren and see what we also post and get to comment with each other about things.This is a safe environment for everyone to communicate therefore I don't have any fears about blogging.

daniel ortiz said...

Yes, i am excited about the blog. im excited because even though your physically away we can still communicate with you through this blog.I dont have any fears about blogging in class.

-Dama <3

Jermaine Garcia said...

I am excited about blogging in this class because it is giving me a chance to express

Anonymous said...

wassup

stephanie bravo said...

-Yes i am excited about the opportunity to blog in the class because it will make it easier for me to communicate with you if i have a question or if i'm confused about the book.
- My worries about blogging in class is if someone makes fun of my English or the way i write or tells me that my blog is horrible.
- In order for me to feel prepared is that i need Ms Lauren to tell me what can i write about or advice of how she uses her blog.
-Stephanie Bravo

Vanessa M. Rosado said...

I am pretty much neutral about the idea of writing on the blog. I feel like I have worries or fears consisting about the time that I will probably not be able to get on this frequently.

Brandon Heyward said...

im excited to blog in this class because i only used a blog once back when i was in the 10th grade with Mr. Farronto no fears or worries and i think i be prepared

Derrick Richard said...

This is my first time doing this so for me and to everyone else this is a good thing. I can have a chance to express my own opinions and to have a voice. I can become the voice of the voiceless.

Anonymous said...

i am happy that we can communicate together -Brandon A

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

okay ms.lauren thank you for your information for this blog i will be here on weekly and im very exited to speak to you while blogging

Anonymous said...

Thank you ms lauren.
Luz Alcantara :)

Debbie Rosee said...

I'm pretty neutral about the idea of using this blog thingy. Since i'm a lazy person, i'll rather type then write so, better for me ! Follow my instagram , @ohthatsdebbie_ lol


yours truly, Debbie Hardnett

Anonymous said...

okay ms lauren thank you for this blog we will check it weekly ~Barbara & Tiana (p.s Barbara wrote this)

Alice A said...

It's will be a pleasure amd i do agree with you about talking about stuff i think it will be very helpful.
-Alice AnTwi

Anonymous said...

Devin n said...

I am happy we have a chance to blog because it allows us to communicate with ms.Lauren while shes out.My fear is that i will forget to blog during the Holidays and wont be caught up. the only thing i need form ms.Lauren is to keep me updated with the post

Linda. O said...

I am not excited to have a blog spot in class because that will be more homework but all the same thanks for the information and i will be checking it weekly.

IRvIN ^3Ga said...

i think maybe that a 2 paragraph respond maybe is a little too much but that's just my opinion but besides that i'm super excited for this whole new experience

Briana S said...

Its very exciting to have a blog post in our writing class that not only have topics about the things that go on in class but also topics outside of class.

lolosita said...

Hey everyone, thanks for your initial comments and sharing your excitement, neutrality and fears with me. Ms. Rossales and Ms. Overton will give you a bit of time in class each week to update the blog, but you must use that time wisely!! I hope that everyone is having a great holiday with their families and friends - happy new year! Can you believe it, still no baby - but hopefully s/he will be joining us soon - I'll post a photo on the blog so that everyone can see it! I miss you guys already, so I'm excited to talk more about Beloved, and other topics here!!

Love,
Ms. Lauren