I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that for the majority of my life, I have been blogging without a blog! I am a fun-loving, adventure seeking, impish, and hardworking Political Science Professor I hail from the beautiful island of Jamaica and have made Miami home for several years. I am a firm believer that when life throws you lemons you really need to be putting it to good use and drinking some *Jamaican ice tea,” [please drink responsibly].
Looking back on my life, I can’t seem to recall a time when I was not scribbling something down. I went from writing, “I love Mommy and Daddy” in green crayon, to my first Journal in purple pen [private property of M.A.M]; from witty school yearbook comments in sharpies or glitter pens [ B.F.F!], to love struck letters to my guy with hearts over the i’s [I heart you!]. As the years progress, I now dabble in poetry and what I call my “rantings and ravings.” With less idle time as a result of writing a dissertation, I still find myself going back to my writing roots. I no longer am writing in glittery pens with hearts as dots, now I am a professional. I have graduated from Crayola Elementary to Apple University (for all you PC users no judgement). Yes, that’s right. Even in all my hours of studying, reading and being an adult, I still find time to “jot” my thoughts down and express myself. I may not scribble any more, or even write in cursive, but I still let the writer inside me type frantic and personal trials and tribulations down in my password encrypted macjournal app on my macbook computer. “This isn’t really writing! This is art! Creativity. Or, perhaps, even a sanity check!”
I’m here to tell you, I’ve been wrong! There has always been a writer inside me.
I’ve learned that writing isn’t only about structure, grammar, and punctuation. While this Blog will focus on those elements of writing as well, more importantly, it will focus on the fact that a large part of writing is also about organization. This includes gathering your thoughts and arguments, developing confidence in expressing what you know, and strategies and tips for how to successfully put pen to paper in a clear “voice”. This blog will serve as an electronic resource to colleagues, students, and anyway seeking direction. Here you will find:
* Ideas and examples of classroom activities
* Sample writing project assignment sheets
* Sample daily schedules
* Sample student essays
* Sample syllabus
* Teaching reference notes/guides on topics such as conferencing, grading, or class management