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In the midst of working on my final research paper, I found a pattern between Millennials attitudes and the job skills employers are looking for and the transferable jobs skills tutors bring with them. I’m interested to get the results back from what the undergraduates have to say. As for me, I’m not sure where I fall in the midst of this research. I’m not the most technologically-dependent person. Being attached to my cell phone isn’t a necessity for me. If I text it is out of absolute necessity. I don’t do Instagram, Pintrest, or Twitter. I rarely make Facebook status updates anymore, and I don’t have time to watch Youtube videos. If I watch TV, I do it online, and having cable isn’t part of my budget so I don’t DVR HBO shows.

My attitude is one of a Millennial though. I collaborate; I delegate; I think I’m entitled; I know I’m privileged; I’m liberal; I demand instantaneous results even when technology fails to work.

So where does that place me in terms of being a researcher commenting on the millennial generation? I’m objectively placed. This generation is my generation, but I see its flaws and inconsistencies. I see how much my generation wants to engage with each other through social media comments and social justice activism. I want to place writing tutors at the forefront of these activities so they are primed to get the jobs they deserve.

When I took this quiz, I scored a 79. Not extraordinarily high. I still consider myself fairly entitled, however. I am entitled to have an higher education, and in gaining that degree, I am entitled to have a full-time job with benefits. Entitled has negative connotations though. Enabled is perhaps a better word. I’m enabled by my constant connection to the ever-shifting trends of social media to promote my ideas, my content, my beliefs. I can create a brand that’s marketable; I can network, but most of all, I can hope my talents will not go unnoticed.

Click the Link to read! I love this post, but I have a different stance on reading. Read here!

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My greatest wish was to have a book. A long book with a never-ending story. One I could read again and again, with new eyes and a fresh understanding each time. ~ Life of Pi

I try to read as much as possible. I’ll crack open any book spine if it looks interesting, but I don’t always finish skimming the first page. I’m attracted to a certain rhythm in the sentence structure. The words must possess a cadence with a fluid rise and fall that is punctuated by shorter sentences. The cadence allows me to read faster, absorb more, and internalize the words better.

It’s true I skim. My eyes don’t read determiners or conjunctions. Occasionally, my vision registers transition words. More often than not, I’m able to predict how the next sentence will be composed and can mentally insert the first few words without actually reading them. Yet I remember nearly everything I read because I’m able to make the time and find the focus to retain what matters most to me…words.

Words can be like x-rays if you use them properly–they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced. ~ Brave New World

My speed reading doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate books. I’m fast because I want to get to the next book in my six-inch stack. You’ll notice my books are tangible. Hardcover, softcover, solid book spine, cracked book spine, creased dogeared pages, highlighted pages, notes in the side margins, sticky notes on the top margins, real ink, real smell. I prefer to touch a book. Touch means flipping through the covers. The contact is as comforting as giving a friend a hug. Or as reassuring as shaking hands with a new acquaintance. Touch means the wealth to buy the tangible, not the electronic. Touch means inscribing a book as a gift for a major life event or a presentation of commonplace thoughtfulness. Touch equals connection with life.

From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. ~ A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Finding books I want to read is hard. Colin Robinson of the New York Times who wrote “The Loneliness of the Long-distance Reader” says the inability to find books that I can relate to (thus finding books that I will actually want to finish) is because content produced by a professional book reviewer has all but disappeared. The role of a professional book reviewer has been replaced by algorithms produced by Goodreads and Amazon based on previous books read or bought. Robinson also attributes my inability to find books to the fact that there is little direct interaction with booksellers. Patrons of used bookstores and libraries are on the decline meaning people aren’t promoting books worth reading via word of mouth. All that readers have to rely on for word of mouth is the bestseller list.

I can attest to Robinson’s claim. Frequenting used book stores and libraries allows me to wander the shelves and watch what other readers are reading. Libraries and used book stores aren’t just places on a map that I go visit. They are a mecca for me and for others who love to read. At a library, there is a celebration for the love of knowledge, and there are almanacs of printed words to guide the quest for adventure. At a used book store, there is company even if the only sounds are someone sipping tea as pages are carefully turned. The library and the used bookstore–these refuges, these safe havens–allow us to escape from the cares that weigh us down and excuse us from the engagements that crowd our lives. When we read, we enter a realm of tranquility away from the incessant pings, dings, and chimes emitted from our cell phones and our social media.

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. ~ To Kill a Mockingbird

The time and focus necessary for reading also eliminates the loneliness associated with social media. Because we are in constant contact with one another we are conversely alienated from one another. The persistent restlessness that comes from checking and rechecking our social media has rewired the way we process information. Instead of mentally entertaining ourselves we must be constantly engaged. Our brains are trained  to think about sharing the entertaining information we find because we know we’ll be rewarded with positive reinforcement. We post to Facebook, to LinkedIn, to Twitter, to Goodreads, to Pintrest, to our seemingly intimate blog. A response to our post is posted. We respond to that post without the emotional benefit of face-to-face interaction. And the same emotionless exchange happens during texting and emailing. This constant connection through disjointed communication,  Stephen Marche writes in The Atlantic article “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” “denies us a pleasure whose profundity we had underestimated: the chance to forget about ourselves for awhile, the chance to disconnect.”

Our stacks of books that surround us, however, provide the much needed silence away from social media, emails, texts, blog posts, and news updates. These forms of electronic stimulation only seemingly demand our attention, and in false reality, create a sense of urgent restlessness. In reality, these demands can be set aside for a minute, an hour, even a day. We can disconnect if we only allow ourselves the time to pick up a book. A book is more than just a manufactured structure of glue, pulp, and ink. A book gives us the door to explore worlds seated in the past, planted in the present, and hovering in the future. Solitude with a book is not a lonely time. It allows us to retreat from the world to understand and interact with it.  Time spent reading creates a memory, reveals an illumination about our existence, and guides us to what necessary purpose our lives have here on earth.

Books are like flypaper. Memories cling to printed pages better than anything else. ~ Inkheart

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”~Ernest Hemingway

Writing shows us what it means to be human.

  • creativity and imagination
  • language development
  • persuasive argument
  • innovative ideas
  • belonging to a discourse community

“You can’t be a writer without the grim slog of actually getting words down on paper. I think everyone gets irritated with those pretentious, poetry café types who present themselves as writers but somehow never get around to writing anything worthwhile. You can’t just talk the talk; you have to walk the walk.”~Diane Awerbuck

Writing helps us understand our changing views, stances, and perspectives.

  • reflective memoirs
  • inquiry-based research
  • critical assessment of a position being presented
  • establish a claim concisely and articulately
  • maintain an objective outlook and tone
  • recognize that reality is subjective and ever-changing

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.~C. J. Cherryh

Writing provides identity.

  • add to humanity’s collective memory
  • become an inquisitive and intuitive self-starter
  • depict a representation of the self
  • explore the depths of memory
  • present your own life story

Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.~Ray Bradbury

Writing teaches high order thinking.

  • invention
  • revision
  • synthesis
  • evaluation
  • application

Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.~Ayn Rand

 

I view my role in the classroom as a flexible, approachable leader who brings students to a toolbox full of resources. My students, once brought to this “resource toolbox,” will be allowed to independently discover their own capacity for learning. In addition to the privacy of self-discovery, my students will be expected to function in a learning community where all participants (including the teacher) are respectful, responsible, and reliable, which are demonstrated through the following examples.

  • Respect—all abilities and disabilities are accommodated
  • Responsible—all are expected to reach their personal learning objectives
  • Reliable—all collaborate to make a welcoming and friendly environment

To accomplish my vision of creating this kind of collaborative environment, my classroom instruction will facilitate discussion so students can interact one-on-one or in small groups. This open-minded and accepting attitude will allow everyone involved (including the teacher) an equal opportunity to grow personally, academically, and professionally.

To foster this culture of self-actualization, I will create student-focused activities that tailor to all learning styles by using researched-based instruction. All graded assignments will recognize that writing is a personal process made public, and I will assess based on students’ abilities to adapt to the rhetorical situation in an effective, masterful style. As a result, classroom management, learning objectives, and course content will center around one philosophy: the gaining of knowledge is the process of coming to know oneself.

To find out more information on my teaching philosophy, learning objectives, and classroom environment, please follow the link to this Prezi presentation.

Writing Philosophy

Posted: December 9, 2013 in Philosophy
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E.M.I.L.Y.

  • The embodiment of keen concentration necessary for producing a clean, polished copy.
  • A working knowledge of MLA, APA, and Chicago style guides.
  • Microsoft Word, Googledocs, and Adobe Publisher.
  • professionally handles multiple deadlines, requests, and demands.
  • Immediately recognizes when to compromise, negotiate, or delegate assigned projects.

 

3-D Services

  1. Dedicated to making every word carry weight to get the bottom-line message across
  2. Diligent when seeking out all avenues of possibility to solve a problem
  3. Determined to meet every time-sensitive deadline

 

Written Interaction

  • Writing founded on a strong relationship with the writer.
  • When asked to critique a work, comments are clear, concise, and constructive.
  • If multiple drafts are required, they are delivered in a timely manner with all corrections made.

 

Editing Services

  • Tightens up wordy prose, smooths out awkward transitions, and resolves factual errors.
  • The final copy has concepts that are organized and clearly-labeled to eliminate confusion.
  • This deductive approach delivers audience-focused pieces any time, any place, anywhere.

 

Research Capabilities

  • Handle any research task, finds any piece of information, and documents the findings in an organized manner.
  • The pursuit of knowledge is the end goal.
  • Accurate use library databases, search engines, academic journals, pop culture, and qualitative and quantitative data to get accurate results that support a claim.
  • Can present the information via verbal and visual forms in ways that engage the listener and viewer.

 

Reading Abilities

  • Comes with extensive functions for reading and can be commanded to see, retain, evaluate, and respond to all types of written material.
  • Recognizes reading as a way of obtaining knowledge.
  • Successful with all types of written texts because its programming system is adept at quickly recognizing how to approach a text.

 

Personal Interaction

  • When given a new assignment,  sets a game plan and only deviates when there is an if-then causal link.
  • Logical approach, but contains elements of creativity, resourcefulness, and exceptional intellect.
  • Not only tailored to perform independent work also participate in group tasks.
  • Exudes affability and perseverance with a positive “Yes, we can!” attitude.
  • Collaboration and adaptation techniques allow for versatility in any writing situation.