I teach English at a state university in the Southeast. My research interests focus on representations of women in the poetry of John Clare. My pedagogical interests include games-based learning, social media, digital humanities, and hacking educational paradigms and systems. I use this blog to share and reflect on my experiences, both good and bad, remixing college English, combining the best of old and new methods.

These are my responses to the survey questions for Through the Looking Glass’s research project on education blogging and bloggers:

Blog URL: remixingcollegeenglish.wordpress.com

What do you blog about? remixing the college English classroom: combining old and new methods, integrating technology and social media, integrating pop culture (memes, mashups, etc.), authentic assessment, challenge-based and learning-centered instruction, and games-based learning and gamification

Are you paid to blog? No.

What do you do professionally (other than blog)? Full-time instructor of English at state university in the Southeast. Teach FYC, oral communication, literature, and argumentation and debate, and a survey of the graphic novel

Do you write in other platforms? (e.g. in a print magazine?) Yes

Can you remember why you started blogging? See my first post.

What keeps you blogging? Too many ideas to work through–blogging provides me with a space to think through my ideas and my successes and failures as I implement those ideas. 

Do you have any idea of the size or character if your audience? How? No. I’m hoping that other educators at all levels find it useful and inspiring.

What’s your attitude to/ relationship with people who comment on your blog?  I welcome comments and always try to respond to their comments. 

Do you feel as if you fit into any particular community, network or genre of blogging? (e.g. schools, science, education, museums, technology) hacking education community

If so, what does that community give you? ideas, resources, and apps to try out in the classroom, as well as blog posts and links to articles that I can respond to in my own blog and share with my readers

What do you think are the advantages of blogging? What are its disadvantages/ limitations? advantages: connection with a large group of fellow college instructors that I would normally never meet, feedback on my ideas, a place to publish scholarly writing; disadvantages: none so far.

Is there anything else you want to tell me about I haven’t asked? I think that reading education-related blogs and blogging is the best professional development opportunity that teachers have right now; more teachers and education students should be reading blogs and blogging themselves.

3 thoughts on “About”

  1. Tanya-I’m interested in what it means to “deconstruct a blog.” Can you point me to any references? A Google search turned up nothing useful. I’m interested in how it might translate into an assignment for college students.

  2. Unfortunately, I don’t have any references to point you to. When I have students deconstruct a blog, I simply ask them to locate a blog on a topic that they’re interested in and identify the various components of the blog and how those components serve both the readers of the blog and other blogs on that topic. We then spend some time in class looking at some of the blogs the students chose and discussing the various components of blogs that are common (blogrolls, social media streams, etc.) and why bloggers use them. I hope this helps.

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