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About bllbrwn423

A career educator who has worked in New York, Oklahoma, California and Georgia--with high school students. I agree with Michelangelo, who allegedly said at age eighty-seven, "I am still learning."

student note 7: CPB entries vs. weekly blog posts

Whereas students reading a memoir / (auto)biography publish weekly blog posts, people making a Commonplace Book (CPB) make regular entries in their CPB. For models of such entries, see my CPB purplemarblemajesty.  Notice that the typical entry is shorter than the … Continue reading

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student notes 6: How many entries?

How many entries?  My current thought on this question is one published entry every other day, which gives you the intervening days to locate a passage and consider your thoughts about it.  If we start counting from April 1, with that day being … Continue reading

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student notes 5: use wordpress platform

In this pilot project with the Senior Commonplace Book, I ask that everyone use WordPress as the platform.  Over the years I have found this a functional and free vehicle for expression.  It offers a wide range of design options, at … Continue reading

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student notes 4: visual images

Inserting visual images can enhance a commonplace book, but I would be careful to use them in a supporting role.  I would like this book to focus on writing–both the written passages you include and the reflections you yourself write. … Continue reading

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student notes 3: web of connections

Hyperlinks can animate digital documents. This particular commonplace book is a digital document. Therefore, you complete this syllogism. ________ The digital age gives us new tools, many of which provide connections among ideas and people.   Inserting links, judiciously, might help … Continue reading

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student notes 2: appending reflections

One way to update the commonplace tradition, and adapt it to our particular use in this class, is to attach reflections to each, or to most, of the passages recorded. As I build out this my commonplace book, watch for reflections. … Continue reading

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student notes 1: purpose and perspective

These “student notes” are meant for seniors choosing the commonplace book as their final project.  Originally, I intended this site for personal use only.  Now that some seniors are making a commonplace book of their own, I am adding these notes, and other layers, … Continue reading

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