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I just want to take a moment and let you all know that I’ve really had a wonderful time getting to know you this semester. It’s been a great experience. Every Wednesday, no matter what, I left our class in a fabulous mood!

I hope you all do well on  your final exams. Have a fantastic winter break. If  you  need anything at all next semester, never hesitate to contact me. Happy Holidays!


Please please please come visit me at the COR Symposium today.  The event runs from noon until 5pm. I will definitely be there between 12:30-1:30, but will try to be there later in the afternoon as well. I’m excited to see what the other COR classes have been up to this semester! I hope to see you all there!

Karen and I are still waiting on most of your RSVPs.  I’m really looking forward to spending time with you guys outside of the classroom. What’s better than food and friends? Please RSVP soon. We need to know how many people to expect. It would be heartbreaking if you missed out on this!  Also, remind your classmates if you see them around!


Your final revised version of the turtle paper is due tomorrow! If anyone needs help or advice, feel free to e-mail me (or IM–my sn is on your syllabus) because I’ll be up late tonight.

 We’ll be meeting in our normal classroom at the normal time tomorrow for our last class together. Everyone had best be there!

Class on Wednesday will be in Old Main, G-17.  We’re going to be meeting with Dr. Alex Reid to play in SECOND LIFE.  SUNY Cortland bought an island in Second Life last year, and you could potentially take a class in this virtual world.  You should make it a point to go to the website ( before class.  Some of you may even want to download the software and create an account! But I have to warn you: you’ll have so much fun playing in Second Life, you might forget about your first life!

Has anyone been to the Tunnel of Oppression yet?  I very strongly encourage everyone to go!  It was very impressive the first two times that I went.  I’m looking forward to see what’s in store this year.  Your peers have put a lot of hard work into this, and they did it for YOU!  Don’t waste this opportunity.  Please go some time this week and blog about it.  Warning: there tends to be long lines, so go as early as possible!

Tomorrow in class, we’re going to continue with our discussion about TWYH.  Please blog some thoughts about the second half of the book. What are you interested in talking about?  Also, here are some things to think about: 

  • What new insights does this memoir provide?
  • What can we learn from Erin Gruwell’s story?
  • In what ways does this memoir affect your thoughts about teaching/teachers?
  • Can one person make a difference in the world?
  • What is Gruwell’s turtle? How do you know?

Also, here are some wonderful questions that Cassandra M. and Sarah A. have compiled: 

  • How did you like the book?
  • Did you feel like parts of the book were unrealistic or corny? Why?
  • Why do you think Gruwell’s teaching style was effective? Or not?
  • Could she have tied the large events of the book together more effectively?
  • Do you think she focused on too few students?
  • Should Gruwell have followed up on the initial students?
  • Did this book affect your perceptions of teaching?
  • Do you think that the students’ acceptance of her happened too quickly? If not, do you think her social class had anything to do with this?
  • Should there have been more description of classroom interaction?

Please remember to bring your book to class with you tomorrow, and be prepared to talk about these things, and support your thoughts with the text! I can’t wait to see you all tomorrow!

Who wants to meet me and Karen for lunch on Wednesday at 1:00??? If you have not done so yet this semester, and your class schedule allows it, I strongly encourage you to take this opportunity. The weeks only get busier and busier as the semester goes on! Please comment here, or e-mail either one of us to let us know if you’re interested in lunch tomorrow.


If you cannot find a copy of TEACH WITH YOUR HEART at the school store, you need to either order it online (I recommend amazon) or go to a book store. You should be working on the first 50 pages this week, at least. Don’t save the entire book for the week before Halloween, which is the day that we will start discussing it in class. Once you’ve started reading, please blog about your initial responses.

For class on Wednesday, we will NOT be meeting in our normal location. Instead we will be meeting in the ASAP office.  This office is located in Van Hoesen hall, in room B-205.  The room is on the 2nd floor of the building, the highest floor you can go to. It’s at the end of the hall.

 Be sure to go to the correct location. Also, bring your $15 (make checks out to Syracuse Stage) with you to go see Misery!

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