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Fireside Round-Up: Tuesday, September 6

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Hi everybody, I've been gobbled up by the world of Google+ the past couple months but Connie asked me to do a round-up here again and I am glad to oblige! My apologies for the long absence!…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on September 6, 2011 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Ten Happy Days with a Standing Desk

 

I've been totally immersed in a big Latin proverb project this summer - it ended up kind of taking over my life for the past month or so (if you're interested, there's more here: Scala Sapientiae), but there's something I did 10 days ago which I thought would be worth posting here: I got a standing desk! As you can all probably guess, I spend every day in front of my computer, both during the school…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on July 10, 2011 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Fireside Round-Up: Sunday, July 10

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A round-up of Fireside discussions and blogs for June 3 - July 10. I've been out of circulation (summer is just dangerously fun!)... and I'm guessing others have been off…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on July 10, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Fireside Round-Up: Friday, June 3

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Apologies for the long gap, everybody - this covers a whole month! I was out of town and then IMMERSED in working on my book project for summer. I'm probably not going to be online much…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on June 3, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Fireside Round-Up: Monday, April 25

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A round-up of Fireside discussions and blogs for April 3 - April 25. The items listed below are in no particular order. Did I miss something??? Please add a comment to this blog post…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on April 25, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Fireside Round-Up: Sunday, April 3

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A round-up of Fireside discussions and blogs for March 19 - April 3. The items listed below are in no particular order. Did I miss something??? Please add a comment to this blog post…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on April 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities 2011

I've been a bit out of circulation this week (SPRING BREAK... and it really DOES feel like spring here; today was positively warm!!!) - anyway, I got to wind up Spring Break with a really intriguing activity today - I participated for the first time in Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities 2011. I found out about it just by accident (from someone at Jane Hart's…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on March 18, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Fireside Round-Up: Friday, March 18

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A round-up of Fireside discussions and blogs for February 26 - March 18 (I missed a week - it was our Spring Break! - so this is a three-week round-up). The items…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on March 18, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Fireside Round-Up: Saturday, February 26

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A round-up of Fireside discussions and blogs for February 12 - February 26. The items listed below are in no particular order. Did I miss something??? Please add a comment to this blog…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on February 26, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Fireside Round-Up: Saturday, February 12

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A round-up of Fireside discussions and blogs for January 23 - February 12. The items listed below are in no particular order. Did I miss something??? Please add a comment to this blog post…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on February 12, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Race to Nowhere: Students who go so fast they don't learn

Connie's post on Race to Nowhere (which I have not seen yet, but it sounds very good!) has got me paying attention to students in their haste this semester, and there was an incident last week in class that seemed so emblematic of this problem that I thought I would write about it here!

For the weekly readings in my class (about an hour's worth of reading - two hours if read out loud, which is what I encourage my students to do, although I know they do not;…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on January 29, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

My new experiment in podcasting

Well, I'm trying a new experiment in podcasting... and this time I am doing it in English! It's nothing fancy; I'm just using iPadio and my telephone to do the audio. That makes it fast and easy - and fun! Here's what has happened: as a result of some odd goings-on at my school, I felt obliged to write up something like a philosophy of teaching and learning. But the process of doing that the usual - writing some big, long thing that nobody, not even me, would want to read - just did not…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on January 23, 2011 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Fireside Round-Up: Sunday, January 23

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A round-up of Fireside discussions and blogs for January 4 - January 23. The items listed below are in no particular order. Did I miss something??? Please add a comment to…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on January 23, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Getting the grade v. learning

I just had something happen in one of my classes, a small thing, but I think it illustrates perfectly how students, including the "best" students, get focused on grades to such a degree that they forget (?) that the whole idea of school is to learn. Instead, they truly believe that the goal is to get the work done as quickly as possible for the grade desired and then to move on, with no regrets at all if nothing was actually learned: why have regrets if you got an A after…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on January 17, 2011 at 10:27am — No Comments

Thanks for the great videos, everybody!

I just prepared a random video page for the students in my class this semester; I am going to use it as a kind of starting point for some brainstorming about creativity, school, life online, creativity, positive thinking etc. at the start of the new year and new semester. I can't embed the random video here (I sure wish Ning were more javascript-friendly), but here's a list of the videos I put in the…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on January 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

WHOA... this is so wrong: Tinkering with Twain

From the New York Times:

Publishers Tinker with Twain

Throughout the book — 219 times in all — the word “nigger” is replaced by “slave,” a substitution that was made by NewSouth Books, a publisher based in Alabama, which plans to release the edition in February. (The book also substitutes “Indian” for “injun.”)

That strikes me as INCREDIBLY WRONG. I guess if…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on January 5, 2011 at 3:12pm — 5 Comments

Fireside Round-Up: Tuesday, January 4

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A round-up of Fireside discussions and blogs for December 19 - January 4. The items listed below are in no particular order. Did I miss something??? Please add a comment to this blog post…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on January 4, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Ben Yagoda's The Elements of Clunk

This little column by Ben Yagoda (professor of English at the University of Delaware), The Elements of Clunk, really rings true for me. Although Prof. Yagoda is more meticulous in his worries than I am (the difference between the spelling "gray" and "grey," for example, is not something I worry about), he identifies the basic problems that I find in my students' writing also. Consider this… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 4, 2011 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Reading Roman History in 2011

I am very very VERY tempted by this proposal by Dennis McHenry (a wonderful Classics blogger) to slog our way through Mommsen, Merivale and Gibbon over the course of 2011. By his reckoning, it will be about 20-30 pages per day, which I can certainly manage... and wouldn't it be nice to fill in all the GIANT POTHOLES in my historical education vis-a-vis Rome...? Plus, I was able to find ALL the books at GoogleBooks so that I can read them on my iPad.

 

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Added by Laura Gibbs on January 2, 2011 at 6:43pm — 7 Comments

This Year, Change Your Mind

Very inspiring article by Oliver Sacks at NYTImes:

This Year, Change Your Mind

Whether it is by learning a new language, traveling to a new place, developing a passion for beekeeping or simply thinking about an old problem in a new way, all of us can find ways to stimulate our brains to grow, in the coming year and those to follow.…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on January 1, 2011 at 12:51pm — 2 Comments

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