I've set up a two week schedule of readings/texts for my comps. I guess this week is Berlin week...
Week One 7.10 – 7.16
“Inventing the U”
“Writing with Teachers…”
Berlin, James Rhetoric/Reality
Berlin, James CS in English Classroom
Berlin, James Rhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures
**go home for mom’s b-day Fri.-Sun.
Week Two 7.17 – 7.23
Lee, Amy Composing Critical Pedagogies
Durst, Russell Collision Course….
Fitts and France Left Margins….
Crowley, Sharon Composition in the University
Greenbaum, Andrea. Insurrections
Hardin, Joe Marshall Critical Pedagogy and Resistance Theory in Composition
Sunday 7.23: bike ride
**daily goal of 2-3 pages single spaced summary and integration of other notes, blog entries, etc.
So far it is proving more difficult than the way I had romanticized it. This is actually the first time--since I began studying for exams (a long, long time ago)--that I've had a block of time when I'm not teaching and able to dedicate myself completely to my research/exam/diss project.
I find that I start each text with a burst of energy, taking copious notes, finding a good amount of useful (relevant to my work) information to highlight, think about, comment upon. And then, I am not sure if it is me...or just every text I have on my reading lists, but about half way through, I am completely uninterested and/or lost and/or falling asleep. This happens much too often with my reading, and I have way too many half read texts lying around my home. I am not sure if it is simply burn-out, or is it that most texts of this kind are strongest in their first and last quarter?
In other news, I’ve taken up Ultimate Frisbee…or, rather, Ultimate, as those true Ultimate players call it. I’ve been biking, playing tennis and Ultimate, and lifting quite a bit. My “down days” are spent mowing the lawn, gardening, etc. I hope to keep this up and avoid running all together.