So on Friday, Nov 12, I'm getting observed and the observer will be actually attending the computer lab lesson rather than one in a traditional classroom. Therefore, while I came to believe that I mastered the 'observation lesson strategy' which is plan a lesson which involves group work so that I do not ramble and take over the discussion, how do I do this in a computer lab? For that day students' are reading a short article by Adair Lara's "Who's Cheap?" about women believing that a cheap man is also cheap with his feelings. My plan is to have students do a quick write in response to the reading - maybe describe a date on which they were expect to pay or their date was being cheap. Then have a quick discussion, and then ask students to give advice to each other by having them comment on each others' quick write posts. Maybe ask students to reference some of the readings which provided some insight on homosocial behavior, girl hunt rituals, men as beasts vs. men as gentlemen, etc.
Lastly, before attending the CCHA conference along with other Community 2.0 members, I was browsing around academic journals, looking for something smart to add to my talk about Web 2.0 in composition class, and I came across an article " Toward a Creative Social Web for Learners and Teachers" by Jianwei Zhang in Educational Research. One interesting point Zhang makes is that students showcasing their writing on platforms does facilitate sharing and having others read their work, but this does not mean students go back to their work and revise it or rework it. I would have to disagree with Zhang as that is not the case in our classes, right? Students do rework their writing as that is the whole purpose of the writing process with our writing classes encourage and the platforms, like blogger, facilitate.