Sunday, November 30, 2008

Final Blog Post - Fall 2008

This blog post is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 7.

For this post, I'd like you to address my Spring 2009 students.  Tell them about how to be successful in this class - how to manage the client project, how to prepare career writing materials, how to handle all the technology they will learn to use (blogs, portfolios, etc.).  Talk about how to make the most of the class.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Blog Topic for the week of Nov 10

This post is due on Sunday, November 15, by 11:59 pm.

Reflect on your client project.  What have your learned from working with your team members?  What has been the best thing about this project?  What has been your biggest challenge?  What have you learned that will help you the next time you have a group project?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Blog Post for the Week of October 26




















This blog post is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 2.



Last week, we discussed dual coding theory. I'd like you to look at this image and discuss the elements of dual coding that you see. It is a Nike Ad.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Blog topic for the week of October 19

This blog post is due on October 26, by 11:59 pm.

This week, I'd like you to think about an experience you have had where information was miscommunicated in the work setting.  If you have not had a job, you can also think about how miscommunication impacted a sports team or any social organization.  What happened to cause the miscommunication to occur?  What was the aftermath?  How might the miscommunication have been prevented?

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Blog topic for the week of October 5

This week, you will be doing your mock interview. You'll notice that part of your Portfolio 1 grade includes a mock interview reflection. I'd like you to blog this week on the mock interview reflecting on the process. Of course I realize that this is only a 10-minute interview (with an interviewer who is likely not an expert in your field but who also may not have a voice if you're going on Monday, lol), but I do hope that I can make the experience as real as possible for you.

Reflect on the following issues.

1. Were you nervous? How did you deal with this?

2. Did you get any questions that threw you? How did you handle those questions?

3. If you could do the interview again, what would you do differently?

4. What did you learn from this experience?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Blog topic for the week of Sept 28

This blog post is due by Sunday, October 5 at 11:59 p.m.

This week, you'll be seeing lots of presentations by classmates.  Select three presentations that you really enjoyed and discuss why you liked them.  Then, go to each of the three people's blogs and leave a comment for them to let them know you have written about their presentations on your blog.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Blog Post for the Week of Sept. 21

This blog post is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, Sept. 28.

For this week's blog, you may write on any topic that you would like. It's a free topic week. Your topics may involve business writing or any current event that you'd like to discuss.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Puppies for good owner


Cassidy in my 10:10 class is fostering these two handsome pups - German Shepard and possibly Collie mix. They are sweet little guys who need a good home. If you are interested, let me know, and I'll give you Cassidy's contact info.
If you can't take a puppy now, but you know someone else who might, pass this link on to them.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Blog Post for the Week of Sept 14

This blog is due on Sept 28 by 11:59 pm.

This post is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 17, 2008.

Visit this link - http://www.collegegrad.com/coverletters/. Read the advice that is offered about writing cover letters.

Do you agree with all of the advice given here? Are the points with which you disagree?

Which section of this tutorial is the most useful to you?

Is there anything of which you were not aware that you plan to use when you write your cover letter for your mock interview in this class?

Remember - mock interviews will take place very soon. It's a good idea to begin drafting your cover letter this week, tailoring it to the job description to sent to me earlier in the semester.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Blog post for the week of Sept 7

This blog is due by 11:59 pm on Sept 14, 2008.

Select any two of the articles at this link: http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/interview;_ylt=AttBYviPSZEb59owR6hk3SvDRaIX. Read the articles, and write a response to them. What did you learn that will help you when you begin interviewing as part of the mock interview process and for real after graduation?

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Blog Topic 3

This blog is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 7.

This week, I would like for all of you to begin thinking about your resume and mock interview. As you look for a job description to bring me by Wednesday of next week (will explain in class), it is important that you think about your future very seriously. As a result, I'd like for you to write a post about what you would like your life to be like in ten years.

For me, ten years doesn't seem like it's as far away as it likely does for you guys. (After you have kids, the years pass by much more quickly, lol.) I want to finish my Ph.D. in 2009, so this means that my career should change quite a bit. I have set pretty lofty goals for myself, but that's what got me to this point, so I might as well continue.

I would actually like to be back at Clemson in tens years' time. I plan to go to another school to teach for a couple of years after graduation; I think I'd like to teach at UGA because they have an excellent Education program. I am hoping that my career will really take off while I'm there. My goal is to have my dissertation published as a book; additionally, I plan to write a autobiographical novel about my own experiences while writing the dissertation. (Dissertation topic: What are the resiliency mechanisms of teen mothers who go on to two and four year colleges? I think this can be used to create a program that teaches other teen moms how to do it.)

I want to be on Oprah's show to discuss the novel/dissertation. Dream big, I always say. I really want to promote the program and get federal funding to put it in place. I believe the publicity attached to appearing on the Oprah show might help me with that. I wouldn't be opposed to winning an Oscar for writing a screenplay adaption of my novel; but my primary focus will be getting the program for teen moms going.

When I return to Clemson, I'd like to have such solid funding that I could start a laboratory school (kind of like what John Dewey did in the 20s) right here at Clemson. It'd be a school for the children of teen moms. In other words, the teen moms would be getting their degrees here without having to worry about daycare for their kids. My laboratory school would use incredibly innovative instructional techniques, modeled to an extent after the Reggio Emilia program in Italy. Meanwhile, the teen moms would have mentors to help them make it through their studies.

Of course, those are merely my professional goals. Personally, I'd like to be watching my two wonderful children blossom into happy young adults, living out their own professional and personal dreams. I'd like to be the kind of mom who talks to them every single day, regardless of where they live. I want to support them in all that they endeavor to do.

I want to still be married to my wonderful husband, hopefully having convinced him that traveling is good by that point. (He's not a fan of leaving the country.) I hope we are able to travel around together, learning about different cultures and just enjoying the freedom of being able to do that.

I will want to have a closer relationship with my other family members, bringing my life full circle. Being the first person in your family to go to college is a big thing, but it can alienate you to an extent. (I write this because I know some of you may soon be going through that.) It's just because your life can be so different with an education. I want to honor my family's culture with my writing... maybe doing a novel about my grandparents raising all those kids in the mountains. I want them to know that they have been a very important part of me getting to this point in my life.

Above all, I want to keep balance in my life by keeping my faith a top priority. One's faith, is, of course, a private thing, so I will not discuss that here. But I want to live both my professional and personal lives in such a way that I keep my faith a focus. That is very important to me.

So, ten years from now, I want to be there, in this world I've just described. I wish you luck as you endeavor to figure out where you want to go during this upcoming phase of your lives.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Blog Topic for the Week of August 24

This blog is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 31.

I am enjoying all your introductory blogs! I hope that this next topic will prompt posts that are equally interesting.

For this week, I would like for you to watch this video:



Now, I'd like you to respond. What do you think the title of the video means? How does Web 2.0 affect someone who is ready to enter the workforce? How does it affect people who are already in the workforce? What do you think it means when it says that we will have to rethink everything?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Welcome to English 304!

I look forward to working with you this semester!  

I will post your weekly blog topics on this blog, so it is important for you to check here to get your writing prompt each week.  I will post your topic on Sunday nights, when I post the weekly TO DO list on your Web site.  Your response to my post is due the following Sunday night, by 11:59 pm.

This week's blog topic is to introduce yourself to your classmates.  Feel free to include photos or videos to help us get to know you better.

This post is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 24.

You also need to leave a comment for me on this post, letting me know the link for your blog.

If you need help, just let me know.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Stronger

So, I've been reading mock interview reflections and other blogs, as I go through Portfolio 1.
I have tons of grading to do, but I like to get a feel for all the portfolios before I start assigning points because I like to see what the range is. Most of you are doing very well, of course.

One theme that keeps emerging from the free post from the blog before the mock interview is the difficulty of this semester. I think crunch time is here, and it'll pretty much be that way until the end of the term.

Thank goodness for Spring Break.

I'm having a very challenging semester too. I guess the most challenging semester I've ever had was back in 2006 when I was taking an 800-level experimental statistics class. There were doc students in the class who were teaching assistants for the 100 and 300 level classes, for crying out loud. It was torturous.

Of course, I use it all the time in my research now, so I can't complain. And I think I'm much less stressed about similar challenges now. (Writing a dissertation while working 60 hours a week would be a good example, lol!) I face difficult situations as best I can - knowing I have been successful in the past and that I will be successful again; but I don't stay awake at night worrying about it.

So, I guess that old saying, "If it doesn't kill you, it'll make you stronger" would apply here. Keep your chins up, guys. You are almost done with your junior years (most of you - some are seniors, and I think I have one sophomore). It will all be okay.

I hope what you realized from the mock interview is that you can indeed do the tasks required for an interview. When a lot is riding on your performance, it can be extremely unnerving. However, if you KNOW you can perform the tasks involved successfully, it should reassure you when the high stakes version of the interview is here.

I'll be looking forward to reading your blogs reflecting on your collaborative writing this week!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Blog Topic for the Week of February 11, 2008

This post is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 17, 2008.


Visit this link - http://www.collegegrad.com/coverletters/. Read the advice that is offered about writing cover letters.

Do you agree with all of the advice given here? Are the points with which you disagree?

Which section of this tutorial is the most useful to you?

Is there anything of which you were not aware that you plan to use when you write your cover letter for your mock interview in this class?

Remember - mock interviews will take place during the week of February 25. It's a good idea to begin drafting your cover letter soon, tailoring it to the job description to sent to me earlier in the semester.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Blog topic for the week of Feb. 4, 2008

This blog is due by 11:59 pm on Feb. 10, 2008.

Select any two of the articles at this link: http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/interview;_ylt=AttBYviPSZEb59owR6hk3SvDRaIX. Read the articles, and write a response to them. What did you learn that will help you when you begin interviewing as part of the mock interview process and for real after graduation?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Blog Post for the Week of Jan 28

This post is due by 11:59 pm on February 3.

Over the last two weeks, we have looked at two examples of persuasive communication. We reviewed Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. We also had guest speakers in class last week. Look for an additional example of persuasive communication on the Web. Analyze this piece of writing for its use of ethos, logos, and pathos. Compare and contrast this piece of writing to the MLK letter (in Course Docs in Blackboard) and to our guest speaker's presentation. Please include a link to the writing that you select for this post in your post.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Blog Topic Due January 27 by 11:59 pm

This week, I would like for all of you to begin thinking about your resume and mock interview. As you look for a job description to bring me by Wednesday of next week (will explain in class), it is important that you think about your future very seriously. As a result, I'd like for you to write a post about what you would like your life to be like in ten years.

For me, ten years doesn't seem like it's as far away as it likely does for you guys. (After you have kids, the years pass by much more quickly, lol.) I want to finish my Ph.D. in 2008, so this means that my career should change quite a bit. I have set pretty lofty goals for myself, but that's what got me to this point, so I might as well continue.

I would actually like to be back at Clemson in tens years' time. I plan to go to another school to teach for a couple of years after graduation; I think I'd like to teach at UGA because they have an excellent Education program. I am hoping that my career will really take off while I'm there. My goal is to have my dissertation published as a book; additionally, I plan to write a autobiographical novel about my own experiences while writing the dissertation. (Dissertation topic: What are the coping stategies of teen mothers who go on to two and four year colleges? I think this can be used to create a program that teaches other teen moms how to do it.)

I want to be on Oprah's show to discuss the novel/dissertation. Dream big, I always say. I really want to promote the program and get federal funding to put it in place. I believe the publicity attached to appearing on the Oprah show might help me with that. I wouldn't be opposed to winning an Oscar for writing a screenplay adaption of my novel; but my primary focus will be getting the program for teen moms going.

When I return to Clemson, I'd like to have such solid funding that I could start a laboratory school (kind of like what John Dewey did in the 20s) right here at Clemson. It'd be a school for the children of teen moms. In other words, the teen moms would be getting their degrees here without having to worry about daycare for their kids. My laboratory school would use incredibly innovative instructional techniques, modeled to an extent after the Reggio Emilia program in Italy. Meanwhile, the teen moms would have mentors to help them make it through their studies.

Of course, those are merely my professional goals. Personally, I'd like to be watching my two wonderful children blossum into happy young adults, living out their own professional and personal dreams. I'd like to be the kind of mom who talks to them every single day, regardless of where they live. I want to support them in all that they endeavor to do.

I want to still be married to my wonderful husband, hopefully having convinced him that travelling is good by that point. (He's not a fan of leaving the country.) I hope we are able to travel around together, learning about different cultures and just enjoying the freedom of being able to do that.

I will want to have a closer relationship with my other family members, bringing my life full circle. Being the first person in your family to go to college is a big thing, but it can alienate you to an extent. (I write this because I know some of you may soon be going through that.) It's just because your life can be so different with an education. I want to honor my family's culture with my writing... maybe doing a novel about my grandparents raising all those kids in the mountains. I want them to know that they have been a very important part of me getting to this point in my life.

Above all, I want to keep balance in my life by keeping my faith a top priority. One's faith, is, of course, a private thing, so I will not discuss that here. But I want to live both my professional and personal lives in such a way that I keep my faith a focus. That is very important to me.

So, ten years from now, I want to be there, in this world I've just described. I wish you luck as you endeavor to figure out where you want to go during this upcoming phase of your lives.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Links

Your assigned post for this week is in the post beneath this one...

Just wanted to let you all know I will start putting up links soon. Check back tomorrow. Turns out, I spent the afternoon taking my daughter for a CAT scan (that nose thing, you know). Not only is her nose fractured, she has a mild concussion.

Happy snow day tomorrow!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Blog Topic for the Week of January 14

This blog is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, Jan. 20.

I am enjoying all your introductory blogs! I hope that this next topic will prompt posts that are equally interesting.

For this week, I would like for you to watch this video:



Now, I'd like you to respond. What do you think the title of the video means? How does Web 2.0 affect someone who is ready to enter the workforce? How does it affect people who are already in the workforce? What do you think it means when it says that we will have to rethink everything?

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Business writing blogs: what I expect from my students

Welcome, Spring 2008 Students!

I hope that all of my students understand this Web journal assignment. If not, they may certainly ask questions here to clarify what exactly it is that I'd like for them to do.

First of all, the blogs are a place to interact with other students in my classes. If a student has questions about completing an assignment, then he/she might write about how things are going thus far on the blog. My hope is that each student will find two or three other blog buddies and comment on their blogs. This way, if there are questions about an assignment, students can help one other by sharing ideas.

Secondly, I hope that the blogs will help facilitate the work we'll be doing with our clients. I think that it would be a waste of valuable resources if two groups were researching the same audience and did not share information. So, if one group is looking at banks in Greenville, I hope that the group would share findings on the team blog. Other teams could read this and hopefully avoid researching something that has already been studied.

Research shows that meaningful learning takes place when learners are given the opportunity to reflect on learning experiences. Reflection is just a process of connecting new information to things that you already have stored in your brain. When you tie things together, you are more likely to remember them and use them later. Blogging is a good way to do this kind of reflection. (In fact, I do a lot of that myself on my personal blog. You should see some of the boring academic stuff I wrote when I had two classes this summer, lol.)

The more your write, the easier it gets to write. Additionally, the better your writing becomes. Blogging is kind of like weight training for the writing part of your brain.

My requirement for the blog is one post per week (can be on the personal or the team blog) per student. My expectation is that the posts demonstrate reflection on the activities we are doing in class. My hope is that students will branch out and comment on one another's blogs, helping one another through assignments. It's amazing how many ideas you can get on your own just by hearing other people's thoughts on a topic. Each post is worth ten points.

So, should you have any questions, please feel free to leave them as comments here. Happy blogging!

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