Posts By: jross5

How to Kick Ass with Words

Posted by & filed under Education, English Composition, Sparks, Strategy.

Without a doubt, fight scenes are a necessity of fiction. Even the most celebrated “literary” fiction writers include aggressive confrontations. Authors like Flannery O’Connor and Tobias Wolfe recognized the importance of violence in writing about humanity. It would be a bald-faced lie to claim that in our Friday night entertainment we don’t yearn for it. […]

Creative Thinking Spiral

Posted by & filed under Brain-based Learning, Education, Good Reads, Ideas, Passion.

Businesses already know it’s smart to invest in creativity, so why do we insist on cranking out graduates–and our own children–in a way that asks them to conform to an antiquated (and arguably misplaced) system? Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, Mitchel Resnick, discusses possibility in the piece at this link. 

It’s an Infographic Syllabus!

Posted by & filed under Chart, Circles, Education, English Composition, Ideas, infographic, Mass Media, Social Media, Technology.

  Click the picture above to examine this more closely. It’s an infographic syllabus for an online Comp II class. All the necessary information is included for college requirements. The only thing missing? About ten pages of drollness. This is created using Piktochart, a free infographic-creation software using cloud technology.    

Magic, Harvard MOOC, and Macbeth

Posted by & filed under English Composition, TED.

Harvard Extension Lecture on Macbeth You may enjoy the way Dr. Garber raises the bar of discussion about Macbeth in the above video. I enjoy it as a guide to set the tone for students, and I believe it could be used to bolster and enliven discussions online. I’m also including a video connecting Harry Potter to […]