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The Art of Online Convos in a Nutshell

We've all been there. We've all been in a situation where we're talking to someone on social media. And some conversations are simple. Others may lead to something bigger. Conversations can start as a simple comment to an Instagram post, or in our case, a comment to a blog. It is important for us to know how to properly host a good online convo, especially since most of our course is online.

It's simple. I summarized the article on the course blog, The Art of Hosting Good Conversations Online, and decided to put it in a simple list of do's and don'ts.

DO'S

Essentially what you want as a host is for people to feel welcomed to your blogs. You want people to be able to look at your blog and feel engaged to converse with others online. You want people to contribute. When people contribute and give you ideas, that leads to growth. Growth as a writer and growth as a person, really. As a host, you want to create an environment where people can contribute their idea…

Our American Literature Shoebox

Greetings, fellow readers! As I am writing this, y'all should be working on your journals, or reviewing vocabulary, or getting other shit done for this class. I hope you all are doing well with that, and of course, if you need assistance, I am always here to help.

It's been a while since I've posted on my blog. When you reach your senior year, and deadlines for everything being to flood your mind, you'll understand why it's been more than a month since I've posted. But things are calming down, and I've been getting ideas for posts. I am excited to begin posting more. Also, I am excited to see what you all have on your blogs! I haven't had a lot of time to explore the class blogs, but I am excited to get to know you all through that. I know that a lot of people in my class last year knew about me and my interests because of the things I posted on my blog, and I would like to get a glimpse into who you are through your blogs. Feel free to look through min…

DP Round 2

I'm typing this as I sit in the back of an empty classroom. DP is sitting across from me.

As a TA (teacher's assistant) for this class, I basically get relive the whole DP experience again, which is exciting for me. I love the way he approaches learning, and I'm excited to see how much the students in his class learn this year.

WOOO!

(Re)Learning Guitar with Technology

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When I was about 13 years old, I picked up my first guitar. I named her Billy Jean. That was about 4 years ago now. When I picked up the guitar for the first time, YouTube was my teacher. I played guitar for my school's jazz band, and I was given music to learn on the first day I showed up for rehearsal. Obviously, I didn't know anything at that time, so I had to teach myself. Everything I knew about the guitar was self-taught, with the occasional help of YouTube tutorials.
There are good things and bad things that come from that. You can move at your own pace. You can learn songs that you like and you find cool. You can learn in a way that's easiest for you. That's what I loved about teaching myself how to play guitar. However, over time, I noticed that I was heavily focusing on one aspect of playing guitar. I learned how to play rhythm guitar like a fucking pro... but that's it. I could read tabs, but not well enough. I had trouble playing riffs. Things like that…

5'2 and Some Change... Revamped!

As you can probably tell by the looks of my blog, I changed a few things. Actually, I changed the whole layout.

I must give credit where credit is due. My fellow classmate Cece showed our class her blog yesterday and I really enjoyed the layout. I liked how organized and simple everything looked, so I used the same layout and theme she used. And I think my blog looks great.

You know what they say; new year, new blog... right? Except, I'm not making a new blog... and it's technically not a new year...

You get what I mean.

Sooooonnnnnggggg: Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

The Final Course UGH!

Here is my final essay for DP's class, a class I will miss very much. It's a bit lengthy, but even this doesn't fully cover everything I've learned in this course:

My Growth in This Course and My Ever-growing Curiosity      I am writing this essay with a heavy heart. You may be asking yourself why. “I mean, it’s just another English class”, my friends tell me. A curious girl with an intelligent mind, I’ve always longed to be in a class that would let me explore beyond the usual mathematical material, English grammar, and scientific discoveries. Teachers didn’t really seem to notice that though. For the past 14 years, I’ve been constrained by my teachers to only focus on the taught curriculum whilst pushing unnecessary thoughts and questions out of the way. The only good thing that came out of this is that I became very obedient. I didn’t speak without raising my hand. I didn’t give my opinion if it wasn’t asked for. I was polite and did what I was told, even if I thoug…

Current Mood

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As you can tell, I felt very creative and inspired tonight. Hopefully, DP will like my essay. 
Sooooonnnnnggggg: I Hate Everything About You by Three Days Grace. I absolutely LOVE this song and this band.