24 results for 'darinlhammond'
The debateI'll get right to it: The scholars who doubt your intelligence and reading skills are narrow dimwits. And, you have every right to tell them to attend to their own reading abilities. You are able to read critically in the form they desire, as well as reading in diverse ways.A faction of scholars have created a Brain Trust under the helm of Nicholas Carr, who escalated the debate with his 2008 article "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" in the Atlantic, which I have debated handley. Carr stated that digital media "supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. And... (more)
Julie hovers over a puzzle that requires solving word problems in order to piece together a word collage that is beautiful. As a student at East Side Elementary in Middleton, California, she is used to playing games with language and numbers. Some of the games seem more like work, as they are challenging to complete.
What helps the most is that Julie is able to collaborate with her peers to work out the problems, and she has found that her friends know quite a bit. More importantly, she recognizes that she has much to contribute. Julie is competent and has a strong self-esteem.... (more)
Technological contextOur family has two Macbook Pros, an iPad, an iTouch, and two iPhones. How did we ever get to a point where digital devices have so much to do with our lives and the way we work?When I was in Middleton High School in Southwest Idaho, 1989, not a single student or teacher had a cellphone or laptop, and very few had basic computers - more like complex calculators no one could use. Our school had a computer room, and the drives for the computers were cassette players. No, not 8-track tapes smart asses. But, the kind of tapes that still exist here and there today.The loud speaker... (more)
Sometimes writers get stuck! Whatever your blogging niche, idea generation weighs constantly on your mind as you have to crank out that next blog post. The real problem is that you want the blog post to be great, reach readers, go viral, and make you famous.
But, you are realistic and would be satisfied with a solid post that enhances your brand and attracts visitors.When you have written for a few years, sometimes the well lacks a bit of water. It's hard to come up with new, valuable blog posts everyday.As a university writing instructor, I face this wall with 60 students each semester.... (more)
My science projectLast night, my son and I completed ground breaking scientific research on his fourth grade project. You remember those science projects, right? For mine, I caught harmless bugs, killed them, and pinned them to a piece of cardboard, with their appropriate scientific names.My son was overwhelmed by the assignment sheet that was six pages long. I wanted to start immediately because the project was due the next morning. At first, I tried to coerce my son to construct an old school project where we would make a car that ran on a 9 volt battery, from scratch. That was the kind... (more)
Elearning and massive open online courses (MOOCs) represent a fundamental disruption in the continuum of traditional higher education, initiating an unprecedented revolution in education that will induce mayhem before resolving itself into a unique and evolved system.
The new universe of higher education will empower more people across the globe and increase the general level of human intelligence, a democratic system of education that benefits human evolution globally.
In the midst of a turbulent Continental Congress in Philadelphia, 1776, Thomas Jefferson... (more)
Redefining writer's block
If you are a blocked writer, you may be comforted, or tormented, by Ralph Ellison's story. His block scorched an enchanted literary career, a conflagration created in the fuel of his famous 1950 novel Invisible Man. The book elevated Ellison to the heights of the literary elite and the Civil Rights Movement, and his compulsion to surpass his previous success with a new novel crushed him, his death in 1994 the final defeat. Ellison wrote only one novel despite more than forty years of effort. The New York Times notes that:"His predicament was worsened by... (more)
Advice from on HighElite writers are never short of advice for the stragglers and strugglers, and new years is the national speaking convention of the successful. I read the other morning that success will come if you "keep working hard and never give up." Damn, if I had just known that 10 years ago I would have made it by now. Not to be pessimistic, but persistence does not equal monetary success or fame in writing.These kinds of generic feel good statements sour my stomach, as I think of the countless hours spent at the keyboard, seemingly in vain, writing to an imaginary, nonexistent audience.... (more)
My modern mind at work
As I write in this moment, my focus is on the way are brains work efficiently, but I am certainly not modeling it for you.
I am multitasking, the buzz word of business for a decade now. And, I think I am proficient. I'm sitting in my comfy, black leather office chair, eyes watching "Everybody Loves Raymond" on Netflix on my iPad, hands typing at the Macbook Pro, ears listening to a Ted Talk playing into earphones from my iPhone. Kids are readying for school in the hall outside my office, four of them, and mom is yelling ... I mean raising her voice.... (more)
At the pharmacyI dropped off my antidepressant-anxiety prescription at the Walmart pharmacy five minutes ago, and the grumpy woman I gave the script to said that they required an hour to fill it. What the hell? “An hour,” I said. “Yes, an hour."Couldn’t she tell that I was on the brink of something ominous and awful? I needed those meds to prevent it.
On the benchI sit down on this wire bench, directly in front of the pharmacists, to meditate upon the nature of my miserable life. Waiting is an inconvenience that my schedule could not tolerate. I have a blog to write after all.Life can... (more)