Scribe Notes
August 4, 2011

On a very rainy day, the Scribes showed up in matching uniforms!

Ruie began the morning by sharing British lexicon, for example--
  • “digestive” = ”cookie”
  • “fairy cake” = “cupcake:
  • “kippers” = ”smoked herring"
Rosemary and Julie presented yesterday’s scribe notes

Housekeeping: Closing dinner is being planned today, directions to the boathouse were distributed for today’s activity.  There will be time to take the bus if you would prefer, given the weather.

Our meeting in Raleigh will be September 24, 2011 in the morning- an England Reunion! This was chosen so as not to conflict with NCSU football, thanks to Taylor’s great memorization of the season’s schedule.

Journals: Some have been keeping personal journals throughout the trip.  Ruie suggested we keep a journal as an option for the expressive mode until our September meeting.
-Personal journals tend to have themes (Ruie said her’s is sometimes complaining)

-Visual dreamers may want to keep a dream journal to see life themes emerging

-Journals are path to self-knowledge, or discovering joy within the content of your life, healthy release for feelings/emotions, etc. (Example: Sally Buckner keeps a record of joyful moments)

 -Diaries are a record of the day’s events.  A personal journal is a reflection on anything (guided by a prompt.)
 -Previously written “Letter to Self” is one example of a journal
Ira Progoff uses journaling for self-therapy, a series called The Intensive Journaling
 -One rule is no response, very therapeutic
 -Can begin with meditation
Prompt: complete 2 personal journals:

Think of a recent period in your life- could be a month, five months, 2 years 7 years, a period of time since you married, or got divorced, or had a new job, or were hospitalized, or came into an inheritance.  There is so much to write about that brevity is encouraged.
  • Begin by defining the beginning of the period
  • Use a simile for the period
  • Simply record the memories and facts without judging or censoring yourself
  • “Allow it to pass before you in images and feelings, until you reach the present”. This helps you understand how you came to be here
After a short break, members presented some of their work.
  • Sarah Lee presented a Glogster about the 1st day
  • Mike presented a video on the ghost story video from King’s Head (the group had a laugh at the expense of Kevin’s videography)
  • Jane presented a Prezi on “Salt” air from Portsmouth
  • Sarah Cannon presented a ToonDo on “Not Looking Like an American while in Europe”
(The LCD Projector unexpectedly went off, but it was probably ghosts, the English love their ghosts)
  • Kevin read a written reflection on British courtesies and manners
The group broke for a walk to the Guildford Boathouse-- meeting there at 11:45.

3:20 Class resumes after a boat trip on the River Whey.  We had a lovely cruise along the river with a light lunch.
  • Michelle G. shared poetry based on Sunday chuch services.
  • Kim C. shared her Tabblo, a consideration of whether European women dress better.
  • Keshetta shared a poem about her experiences about her travels
  • Mark recited a poem he wrote inspired about George Eliot’s Middlemarch.  
  • Anna read a poem inspired by Winchester.
  • Rosemary shared a book review connecting material  The Little Bee and Things Fall Apart.
  • Susan played us her doing the laundry video.  
  • Ann B. shared and Animoto about wonderful recent news, and a poem about a future trip to the London Eye.
  • Tanya W.shared a voice recording of a conversation her small group had with John in the George Abbott pub.
  • Leigh Ann shared her prezi based on her reflection on herself as a writer.  
  • Ashley shared a multi-media technology called a ‘vocki’ and her toon doo that had her reflection as writer.  
  • Ann Marie shared her poem about a dinner out.
  • Julie shared sensory poetry about her trip to a lavender farm in an animoto.
After our presentations, Ruie presents a gift to Terese for traveling the furthest to be with us.  Ruie presents Terese with a quill purchased as a low tech gift in Winchester Cathedral.   

4:30 Students took the Writing Apprehension Instrument and were to compare their score  to the score  from our first class.   
4:40 Students filled out evaluation for Study Abroad @ NCSU
4:50 Ruie announces that we need to change our follow up date to Sept. 17th.
5:00 Students completed Wallwisher activity and course evaluation from NCSU.
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Scribe Notes by Julie Wesner and Rosemary Joyce
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

9:15 Announcements:
Ruie started the day with administrative details: packing the kitchen on Saturday, adding one more gathering/meal to the week (Asked who would be here Thursday, Friday and Saturday), helping to bring equipment back to the States. Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy, but our boat is covered. It may be possible to reschedule for today, but probably not because there is a prepared meal.
9:25 Structures for Summary Paragraphs presented by Dr. Ruie Pritchard
Paragraphs don’t always follow the standard format of topic sentence, details, concluding sentence. In small groups, the class practiced different ways to form paragraphs using “Structures for Summary Paragraphs,” including various inductive and deductive paragraphs.

9:55 The Great American One-Sentence Summary – Groups summarized their paragraphs using the formula for the one-sentence summary.

10:10 Small groups shared their paragraphs to show examples of the different paragraph formats. Then, small groups shared their one sentence summaries of their paragraphs. These one sentence summaries can be effective at the end of papers.

10:30 Break Leftover cakes from Chawton House

10:50 Six Word Stories presented by Donna Morrow
Six words that capture an idea. These are amusing, insightful and summarize an idea or feeling. We practiced writing our own six word stories and then shared our work.

11:10 Copyright Issues presented by Donna Morrow
Images that you have free use to use in your classroom cannot be posted on the internet by you or your students because that is technically republishing the image.

You and your students may use google images for presentations but may not repost on internet (i.e., Glogster).

YouTube has just created a “creative commons” area where images may be used freely by anyone. This idea is becoming more popular. See resource links on Moodle.

Cite images by pasting link under photo or state in a separate area (i.e., “Seagull photo by...”)

We practiced identifying whether different scenarios are fair use or not by taking a class quiz.

11:50 ToonDoo presented by Kevin Oliver. Can create comic strips between characters
Good for book reviews, short stories, summarizing chapters of novels to remember characters, explaining history, duologues.

Another similar program: Bitstrips for schools - can create individual student accounts- 30 day free trial, about $50/year.

12:15 Lunch break until 1pm

1-1:30 an overview of the last week’s scribe notes


1:30 to 6pm Students worked on their ToonDoon project, as well as posting items on their Moodle and Weebly sites

Writing & Technology in Merry Old England
NCSU@University of Surrey, Guildford, England Monday, July 25, 2001
9:30 am
University of Surrey,
Bldg AC, Room 51&52

Facilitator: Ruie Pritchard
Note taker: Susan Szep
Attendees: Everyone except Tiffany – who did not make the flight and has not responded to e-mails so far.

Minutes Agenda item: Health & Safety Briefing
Presenter: Paul Daniel. Safety Manager
Discussion: 9:40 am – 9:50am
  • Information card handed out to all.
  • Procedures related to foreign evacuation – fire or other.  All alarms will go off – really loud.  Just make your way to nearest exit point.  Follow the green running man signs.  An assembly point would be good for us to have.  There are fire marshals wearing yellow who will direct us. 
  • Smoke detectors in the ceilings in each room are sensitive to smoke, hair spray, heat from hair dryers, steam from showers. 
  • If you observe a fire – just go to a corridor and find the break the glass box – press it and it will break and sound the alarms.
  • Medical:  from any university phone dial 3333 – and there will be someone on campus 24x7 to provide assistance.
  • Security: dial 2002
  • Laundry in bottom floor of Bldg AA.
  • Traffic: just watch out for buses.  They aren’t mindful of pedestrians or pedestrian right of way.  Use the pedestrian paths.
Agenda item: Intro & Report of Scribe
Presenter: Ruie Pritchard/ Kevin Barham
Discussion: 9:50 am – 10:05am

  Scribe now does not have to be so detailed (that was for benefit of people who were not present at previous sessions) – but should probably find out where people went and what they did during free time to keep notes up.

o    Kevin Barham – review of minutes from July 9th.
o    These will be posted on Moodle site.

Agenda item: Overview of types of writing
Presenter: Ruie Pritchard
Discussion:10:05 am – 10:45am Share one expository essay from each group with large group.

Theories of Discourse: Over the two weeks of our course, as students, we will be moving through the dynamics of discourse, scaffolding from what is happening now in the present (expressive) to the abstract.

For more information, please see comments[SGS1] .

§   Ruie asked us to share[SGS2]  how others taught us or how we instruct/guide students in new content.

o    4 principles:
1.     Deconstruction has a purpose for analyzing what you are reading.
2.     Piaget – student learns/retains only what is integrated with Prior Knowledge.
3.     Student learns from decentering – moving away from what you know to hearing what others know, to incorporating a distant audience.  Moves towards abstract thinking.
4.     Stage theory – you don’t skip stages – scaffolding important.

o    Belief in these 4 principles will result in a different writing program[SGS3] . 

Break @ 10:45 am

Agenda item: Overview of Types of Writing & Return of our Essays.
Presenter:Ruie Pritchard
Discussion:11:00 am – 11:25 am

Ruie will have us share 8 different essays over the week – not because they were “the best” but because they represent how we responded to the various topics.

·         Going against the norms – Kim & Leanne

Agenda item: Poetic Writing Into the Day: Bio Poems
Presenter:Ruie Pritchard
Discussion:11:25 am – 12:10 pm

Examples of poems handed out to model.  30 minutes given to start poem.
Post all to moodle by due dates – see the discussion thread.

Action items:
  • Personal Bio Poem.  Write & Date the poem - Due Monday, 7/25 - post to moodle.
  • Bio poem on a historical figure – see our syllabus on the moodle site.  An additional choice is a bio poem on a character (from a book?)  Due Friday, 7/29 - post to moodle.
Agenda item:Googlemaps and campus cataloging
Presenter:Kevin Oliver
Discussion:12:15 pm – 4:10 pm

Examples of maps that have been done & how this can be tied to our teaching.  Students can include citations and links to related sites.

Action items: 
  • Begin a 2 hour tour of campus to start our google map documenting our trip to England - Completed project due by the end of the England course.
Agenda item: Wrap up/End of Day Session Reflection
Presenter:Ruie Prichard/Kevin Oliver
Discussion:4:10 pm

Action items: (These links are on moodle daily.) Go to the wall wisher link – browse through the pictures and find one that triggers a response that you have had with a writing experience.   Due Daily!
Scribe Notes!

Friday, July 29

                We began the morning a wee bit late as people ambled in from their unchanging breakfasts.  At approximately 9:20-ish, our fearless leader informed us that she would be speaking with ten classes of international students and wanted to take in our topics for our final projects to those students.  We went around the room and volunteered our future lines of inquiry.  The possibilities were diverse, ranging from folk tales to perspectives on US Policy to a day in the life of a high school student to poetry to the lives of Muslim women.

                Ruie then led us into our “Writing into the Day” activity which was a selection of neat-o dorito ideas about writing unique postcards using poetry and sentence modeling.  The first was an anagram about your experiences in the UK featuring your own name, the second was the same but using a word like “England” or “Exhaustion” to create your poem.  Another possibility was the “Before this…After this” format.  My personal favorite was the “A Day in the Life of” activity where you present your reader with chronological snippets of the day that ring true, not necessarily ARE true (kind of like James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces which begs the question what is truth when we are telling our own experiences, but I digress).  We then wrote sentences modeled off of other writers.  The two sentences we worked with are: 

§  F. Scott Fitzgerald – two preposition phrases, verb, subject – reverse normal sentence order ‘zoom in’ – start large and shrink in to subject “Zoom In”

·         On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about halfway between the Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud rose-colored hotel.  I relax there now.


§  Ruth Firor – subject, past verb phrase, present verb phrase

·         The lazy October afternoon, bathed in a soft warmth of a reluctant sun, held a hint of winter’s coming chill.  I have bundled up to write to you. 

I, personally, rather enjoyed Keshetta’s ode to her blister as a nice bit of comic relief in the day.  Ruie then magically morphed into Martha Stewart and shared a variety of hints for decorating with post cards including decoupage, framed art, table tops, and journal making.  We were instructed to write four post cards and turn them in as hard copies and choose one to post on the moodle. 

                We took a break for lunch.  However, many diligent workers chose to stay in the classroom and take a working lunch.  Many others decided to take a nap.  It takes all kinds on this adventure.

                After the break we worked with our writing groups to revise either our room description or initial impression of England assignment.  This gave us another opportunity to gain proficiency in googledocs.  We focused on use of detail and showing instead of telling in our revision efforts.

                Next came the scribe reports, starring Ann Marie and the duos Ashley & Anna and Taylor & Jane.  Ruie also reported regarding her visit with the international students and informed us that not all of the students were going to Oxford.  However, many did seem interested in talking about music, folk and fairy tales and the high school experience.  This is, in fact, not a one-way relationship; it is a symbiotic one.  The international students have their goals from us as well.  These goals are to practice English and do an assignment where they ask us questions.

                Our illustrious instructors than gave us, their sniveling students, a much-anticipated spreadsheet featuring a breakdown of the class’s assignments and when those assignments are due.  We had a lovely question and answer session in attempts to quell any confusion.  Afterwards Kevin introduced us to the Prezi web 2.0 tool as a possibility for both our classrooms and our online Weebly portfolios.  He showed us one he created regarding his arrival in England.  We watched an introductory video and then were given ample time to work with this new technology and create our own presentations. 

                We then, in the immortal words of Fleetwood Mac, went our own ways.  Some of us continued to work (ahem, nerds!), some of went to see Harry Potter in 3D (double nerds!), and some of us went to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant (lucky!) but did not, in fact, see Jamie Oliver who is my future ex-husband.  But, that's another story that I won'g get into now.

AnnMarie Anthony                                      

Scribe for July 26, 2011

8:30-9:00  Gathering

9:10  A reading from Jane on Jane Austen in the 21st century

9:20  Susan read through previous day’s scribe notes

9:25  Megan talked with us about Google docs and the power of online feedback for our students.  We explored Google docs to help us understand how this process would work with our students.  Google docs is in real time and provides an opportunity for immediate feedback.

9:30  Keshetta presented on how she successfully uses Google docs in her classroom 
* During this time, we also discussed what to do for students without internet access at home- some suggestions included students using the public library, going to a friend’s house, or staying after school to work in the computer lab.
* Everyone in the class then set up a Google docs account if they did not currently have an account.

10:10  Break

10:25  Ruie read to us while we kept our eyes closed, guiding us through a visualization of a room we created for ourselves- emphasis was placed on connecting with our senses.  We then wrote about this room we created in our mind’s eye.  Afterward, we worked in our writing groups to share our visualizations through Google docs.
-Ruie assigned a free write to have text written to practice revising strategies.  The topic is our first impressions of England.
-Kevin had us download “writing modes”  

11:40 Gareth talked to us about the history of pubs and taverns

12:35  The class formed pub lunch groups and took a lunch break (collecting video and pictures during the outing)

Approximately 4:00  After lunch, Gareth spoke about Charles Dickens.  This presentation included readings and paintings about Dickens and his works.   

5:20  The group was dismissed, though many people stayed late into the evening to continue working

Scribe Notes for 7/27/2011

As a group:
  • Met at 8:45 and headed for the train station.
  • Boarded train from Guildford Station at 9:34 and headed to Waterloo Station in London.
  • We boarded a double-decker bus and rode to Russell Square where we walked to Dicken’s House. Our tour guide was not able to accompany us through the house but we were given information guides about the house and the upcoming celebration of Dickens’ 200th birthday. There was also an informational movie that could be viewed on the lower level.
  • From there many went to the British Museum. Some of the exhibits visited included the Rosetta stone, mummies from ancient Egypt, ancient Greek and Roman architecture, medievall Europe crusader artifacts, and various other exhibits from around the world. At this point various groups split up and explored London.

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral - A 526 step journey to a miraculous view of London. The cost is £14.50, but well worth it!
  • King’s Cross Station/Platform 9 ¾ - Tribute to Harry Potter with a cart. This is free!
  • Globe Theater - The story of Henry VIII and his notorious second wife, Anne Boleyn, was on production for the evening. Groundling seats (standing) were phenomenal and costs £5.00
  • Strada - Chain restaurant throughout the United Kingdom. It has authentic Italian foods and great wine. There is also one in Guildford
  • Westminister Abby - This is a popular church where Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Katherine, recently married, as well as many others. There are many famous people buried there as well. The cost is £13.00 with a valid student id card or £18.00 if not.
  • Big Ben and Parliament
  • 10 Downing Street - This is where the prime minister of the United Kingdom lives.
  • Trafalgar Square - This is a large square with various shops and great photographic opportunities.
  • Buckingham Palace - A great opportunity to view the changing of the guard, as well as, view Katherine‘s (Duchess of Cambridge) wedding dress. The cost is £18.00
  • London Eye - A large ferris wheel that gives you a view from the top of London. A standard ticket is £16.74.
  • There were various other stops in pubs, cafes, shops, etc.

Note: Meet at 8:15 at the Senate House for our trip to Winchester and Portsmouth.
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A real live fox on campus near the cathedral.
Two fake, stuffed foxes in the back of a car, next to the live fox!