Monthly Archives: October 2009
Weblogs are now literature (Himmer, 2004)
Approximately 20,000 blogs are added every day (including yours) (Intelliseek, 2005)
Blogs affect how we think about making meaning (Oliver, 2007)
Blogs declare individuals to belong to something larger (Mortenson, 2004)
Blogging has grown exponentially in the last few years – personal publishing (Lei, Conway, & Zhao, 2008)
Blogging is a brave new world because audiences are responsive (Oh, 2008)
Welcome to my online, professional portfolio. Currently, I’m a third-year PH.D student in English Education at Syracuse University. My primary interests are the teaching of adolescent literature, coaching secondary school writing, working with students who are traditionally alienated by American education, using creative writing for critical thinking, 21st Century literacies, and creating district-wide writing plans.
Before entering higher education at Syracuse University, I was a high school English teacher at the J. Graham Brown School in Louisville, Kentucky. It was the only k – 12 public school in Jefferson County and operated with a mission of diversity, self-directed learning, and the celebration of individuality. The time I spent at “The Brown” is irreplaceable and my students were phenomenal mentors who taught me the importance of teaching to the unique learning styles of every child. Drawing two kids from each of twenty-five zip cokes created a pastiche of learners. We did not track students, we remained on a first-name basis, and we kept the standards high for all.
I opted to do an online, professional portfolio while at Syracuse University as a way to teach myself more about online literacies, but also because of the convenience it allows for updates, changes, quick edits and hyperlinking as I grow professionally. This online, professional portfolio is called “Me-Cological Sustainability” and is influenced by my environmental studies through the Kentucky Institute for Education and Sustainability (KIESD). This portfolio is e at the confluence of where my education and professional experiences currently are, bringing together a B.A. in English Literature from Binghamton University, a M.A.T. in English Education from the University of Louisville, an M.S. from KIESD, my work with the Bread Loaf School of English and the Louisville Writing Project, and my recent research at Syracuse University. In the 21st Century, an online portfolio such as this is one way to sustain a professional identity. It is flexible, approachable and demonstrative for audiences I know (and hope to one day meet).
This online, professional portfolio is also a work-in-progress which caters to my philosophy that I, too, am always in the act of becoming. To the right are links that discuss the work I do as a researcher and teacher.
I thank you for visiting “Me-Cological Sustainabilty” and welcome your comments and feedback. From others, I learn better what it is I am trying to communicate.
Bryan Ripley Crandall
PS: This professional portfolio can be translated into multiple languages. Simply copy the address to this site, click on the GOOGLE sign here and paste the site’s URL in the open box. Google Translator will do the rest!