Welcome to Literature and Life Autumn 2012

This semester we have literature bloggers and ePortfolio creators across three years: in first year students studying “Introduction to Literary and Dramatic Forms”; in second year “The Nineteenth Century”; in third year “Shakespeare and the Renaissance”. What a feast! Welcome to this blogging site where you will be getting a running commentary on weekly lectures and the ideas and experiences that flow from those. This is the place also where you must come to get your weekly topics for your creative and critical blogs and your wiki discussions. There will shortly be links across the top of this page that will take you to your specific unit topics. But I suggest you always read the entry on this main page before going off to your own unit area. I hope that you find this e-writing component of your units personally satisfying, a way of becoming more personally involved with the literature you are studying and a way of sharing your thoughts and ideas with others in the group. Remember at all times when you are writing for the web that you are in a public space so your writing should be carefully edited before posting.

Autumn is on its way with its wonderful mists and the beginnings of cooler air. Here is a shot of the bush around the top of Galston Gorge one of my favourite early morning haunts. In Autumn it is often ringed by mist and one feels transported to another world:

  7 comments for “Welcome to Literature and Life Autumn 2012

  1. JZ
    March 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    This sounds so exciting MG! It takes me right back! Can’t wait to keep up with what you guys are doing. I will show your blog to my year 12s as often as I can. Our English department will be kept in the loop too-

    Thank you,
    Justine

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Justine…. it is a fabulous experiment, but as usual the more support we/ I can get from outside the better. The administration is always terrified of people who try and bend the boundaries a little. Great to hear from you.
      MG

    • March 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      HI Justine… it would be great to include your experience here in my next blog. I could showcase how you have evolved from a blogging student at acu into a technosavvy teacher using all the technologies in your own teaching- and indeed producing students who are coming back to ACU filled with your valuable teaching….. lovely to hear from you.
      Cheers
      MG

      • JZ
        March 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm

        Hi MG,

        Feel free to share! My school is incredibly supportive and the executive team encourage us to share and collaborate with other members in the profession. The great thing about my Year 12 LJ is that every single student can access it either on their smart phones, tablets or computers. My HSC students have access to all content outside of the classroom at a time that suits them, which in turn makes it more relevant to them because they have chosen when they wanted to access it. In fact, I was asked to share my Livejournal setup with the English department at a staff meeting two weeks ago because our coordinator heard positive feedback from the students in the playground. She was very interested and asked me to share my experiences with blogging. I commented on how I used this tool as a student at ACU and that is where it stemmed from. They were very impressed… How’s that for positive feedback!

        You certainly are a ‘lead’er MG!

        I am heading down to the Hawker-Brownlow Education conference in Melbourne in May and I cannot wait to share my professional development experiences with you:

        http://www.hbe.com.au/conference.html – check it out. I will attend a number of technology sessions during this weekend.

        I shared your Pencil Metaphor with a group of English teachers- it’s fantastic and very true.

        Take care- always happy to share my love of teaching,
        Justine

      • March 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        Many thanks Justine- great news and good luck. Keep in touch.

      • March 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        Fantastic Justine… I have just posted you up as the next post in my blog… hope you are happy with this… with a bit of luck you will start a network of interaction with some of our first years…. this is real synchronicity….. Cheers
        MG

  2. JZ
    March 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    It certainly is! Very exciting!

    All the best,
    Justine

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