Monday, October 10, 2016

Hi folks.
Here is what I look like in case you have forgotten. I actually do exist.

If I am frustrated with the plethora of "college closed" and "no classes" days as well as my absences, which means we have not been able to meet "face to face" hardly at all, then I know you all must be doubly frustrated. So, here is what we are going to do to rectify the situation: 1) All grades to date will have been posted by 10/19 in Blackboard; 2) since I am receiving questions via email, notes in my box, and so on (which is very confusing all around) I am opening a forum to address all concerns (of course you may also talk to me in person, but we do not meet again for a bit, so this is faster). In the forum you may ask questions anonymously and I will check them daily (usually at 6am or thereabouts, if not more often) and respond to each and every one.

Additionally, If you have not been here in a while be sure to check below for any assignments you might have missed. It is easy to find them by looking at the "Comments" links. If there are comments, there was an assignment. Due to the wonky schedule, anything completed by 10/19 will not be considered late.

Questions, Comments, Complaints: HERE. To comment anonymously, be sure you SIGN OUT of Google/Blogger. If you accidentally post something you regret Reply to your own post with "DELETE ME" in all caps. You should be able to delete your own post, but that does not always work.

10/11 No classes at LAGCC. Archetypes in Fairy Tales (Literary)--The college is, once again, closed. I will post the assignment to be completed by the following week.
10/18 Film: Cinderella (in class) and Discussion (online).
10/25 Wrapping up the discussion of Traditions in Children's Literature.
11/1 Picture Books by Age
11/3*  Read-aloud books
11/8 Mid-term Essay Test.  Yes, Thursday is a Tuesday part II. We meet twice in a week.
11/15  The Hunger Games
11/22  The Hunger Games
11/29 Film: Spirited Away 
12/6 Final Essay Exam
12/13 and 12/14 Conferences 9-5 all day

ON GRADES. Your grades to date will be posted on Blackboard. There was some trouble with the shell for the course. It has been resolved. I will have individual conferences with any students who are concerned about their grades once they are posted. 

14 comments:

  1. This is the forum for asking general questions about the class. If you wish to ask a question or post a comment anonymously, be sure you are logged out of Google/Blogger.

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    1. I will start--Dr. Smith, why have so many classes been canceled?

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    2. That is complicated, but here we go . . . 1) The college has a lot of "no classes" days on Tuesdays and as we meet face to face only once a week, on Tuesday, that affects us enormously, particularly early in the semester as we have not all gotten into the groove of the online assignments. 2) I had to unexpectedly miss class. I have a service related disability and when the VA calls and says "be here" I have to go. Think of it as jury duty or a NYCHA appointment. I just have to go or risk losing benefits. Hopefully, it will not happen on a Tuesday again this semester.

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  2. And another--Why don't you respond to our posts in online discussions?

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  3. That is an easy one. The online discussions are like small group work in a regular classroom. I "walk around and listen" (known as"lurking" in an online forum) and then use what I overhear as the basis for class discussion . . . when we can meet as a class. You should not expect a response from me to everything you post.

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  4. Professor I am a bit confused. It says that you are accepting hard copies of the revision of essay 1, but what is essay 1? I don't think you have posted it online. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    - Kenneth

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    2. You saw the post while I was editing. Essay 1 will be the midterm. You are fine.

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  5. Hello Professor , I am also a bit confused , what is eassy 1 because I don't see it either.

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    1. See below. That reference to essay 1 was only up for a few hours. It does not exist. No worries.

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  6. Hi professor, I was looking around the website for essay #1, unfortunately i cannot find essay #1. Am I missing the assignment somewhere? Thank you

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    1. There is no essay #1 at this time. You saw the post as I was still working on it.

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    2. Thus the "under construction" warning.

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  7. Professor,
    Would we be having class meeting on Tuesday December 13th? This is finals week. Would the final be online that can be taken at home or do we come in and take the final?
    Thank you

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