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Bruce J. Martin
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And contextualized. I feel monolingual in Texas, but I feel multilingual in Quebec.
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Truth. And especially after 12+ years standardized "writing" contra native and natural language learning.
 
The Fear of Writing
Some friends on WPA-l are engaged in a mild conversation about the pleasure of writing. I want to elaborate here and then let one of my students, Jake, describe his problem with writing & how it has been taught. I know my position is not popular; it might e...
Some friends on WPA-l are engaged in a mild conversation about the pleasure of writing. I want to elaborate here and then let one of my students, Jake, describe his problem with writing & how it has been taught. I know my pos...
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Thanks for sharing this! I try really hard to help my students to see writing as FUN and as an ADVENTURE. I get some good results... but only because I also do no grading, and fear of grading is often a big part of student anxiety re: writing. 
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Anyone who’s ever enrolled in a Spanish class knows that schools generally refer to it as a “foreign language.” Most...
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Although nonwhite public school students are now the majority in the United States, nonwhite teachers are anything but.
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American philosopher Harry Frankfurt ... good introduction to bullshit. See more discussion via rhetoricians.
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Let's start with this. Machine response to writing is here to stay. It will not be undone. And because we cannot wish it away, it is important, as Carl
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“Our students need to be our allies, not our adversaries.”

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THIS JUST IN: Distracted students are distracted! Also: sometimes there are things that distract students! And we all know what to do with things that might potentially distract students: BAN THEM!…
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Another reason why I am so glad to be teaching online... we choose and use technology all the time. :-)
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Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.
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Rejecting “Grit” While Embracing Effort, Engagement
A growing number of educators and scholars are confronting the essentially racist and classist roots of “grit”—not just that Duckworth’s research and popular books are misused, bu…
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A new report from Child Trends Hispanic Institute and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational...
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  • Lone Star College
    Associate Professor, Composition and Rhetoric, 2007 - present
  • UH
    GA, Center for Teaching Excellence, 2012
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Memphis - Sarnia, Ontario - Montreal, QC - Provo, UT - Quebec City, QC - Jamestown, Independence, AR - Searcy, AR - Massena, NY - Detroit, MI - Grenada, MS
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Associate Professor, Department of English | ACAD 217-E Lone Star College – North Harris 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073-3499 Office: 281.618.5496 E-mail: ruce.j.martin@lonestar.edu
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Bruce is an associate professor of writing at Lone Star College while completing his PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy at the University of Houston. His academic interests include constrastive rhetorics and ethnography in college composition.
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PhD candidate at U Houston in Rhetoric, Composition & Rhetoric.

Interests: ethnography, folklore, first year writing, writing in the community, astrophysics, ice hockey, Thomas Hardy.
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Fell of a 50-foot cliff to live another day.
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Professor: Why I am ‘incredibly pessimistic’ about the future of public ...
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On Valerie Strauss' blog, Mark Naison critiques the current discourse and policy agenda towards "personalized learning," a concept that soun

Masculine Bedroom Ideas, Design Inspirations, Photos And Styles
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Fashion and design trends often come with a few predispositions that you simply cannot do away with. For instance, we love the classic case

Tejanos through Time by Emilio Zamora & Andrés Tijerina (Eds.) Texas...
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Help yourself to this FREE eBook out of the Texas State Historical Association edited by Emilio Zamora and Andrés Tijerina titled, "Tejanos

My journey to justice: I toured prison systems around the world looking ...
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If we truly want to change the American prison system, we must accept that no country has a monopoly on innovation

New Research Finds Ethnic Studies Improve Overall Learning
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The jury is in. Ethnic Studies promotes achievement and learning, in general. Numerous qualitative studies have for a long time suggested th

My secret debate with Sam Harris: A revealing 4-hour dialogue on Islam, ...
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When I wrote an essay critical of the famous atheist, he asked me to debate the issues. Now he refuses to air it

Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Google Cul...
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The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a v

We Need to Change How We Teach Black History
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Great piece by my colleague, Dr. Bentley-Edwards in Educational Psychology, at UT. It appears in the latest issue of Time Magazine. I like t

Are you a friendly language police?
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What is language policing? For some it means anytime somebody is trying to change the way that somebody uses language. From this perspective

Octavia Butler's Archives
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If you are like me, you eagerly awaited the time when the Huntington Library opened the archives for Black feminist science fiction author O

The Battleground for America’s Narrative: An Annotated Bibliography of t...
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The Battleground for America’s Narrative: An Annotated Bibliography of the 84 Banned Books in Arizona (Note: you may prefer to read this in

The Banned Books List for Arizona Ethnic Studies
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I'm reading through this list of banned books from Arizona again. This occurred after the Arizona legislature passed HB 2281 that later got

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–...
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I've been posting on the subject of white privilege lately. Here's a website developed by Seattle Public School teacher, Jon Greenberg, that

Study: White people react to evidence of white privilege by claiming gre...
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This Stanford Graduate School of Business study finds that whites claim hardship and deny the existence of inequalities in response to evide

Classroom and Power -- An Overview
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"I Paulo Freire Colloquium" Regardless of heritage culture, each society maintains a metaphor of teacher-student that directs power originat

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Overpriced, especially for working-class students. The counter staff are friendly; the manager is professional. But the prices for college students is nonsensical.
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reviewed a month ago
It's a buffet. Expect a buffet. Some items are still hot, some not. Some items are available, some not. Friendly staff.
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reviewed a month ago
A good environment, friendly serve staff. Menu expected as Greek and the gyros are good. Lacks unoriginal for some other Greek meals and I would like a larger diversity. Parking is good (and safe -- next to police front store).
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Interesting -- an old hotel used as a dark bar. Beer selection is poor, but expect that. Ignore any choices for food. Service is acceptable. Don't expect attention -- you'll need to go out of your way to ask for additional service and new glass. But the environment is interesting -- this older century architecture and the remodeling. Air conditioning is working, so I go here for a while walking or cycling through downtown. I'll return, but probably wouldn't invite a group.
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Friendly staff and coffee goes as coffee goes. I know the crowd likes the bohemian attitude -- broken couches and seats, mini-tables -- but the crowd tends to isolationist and alienated. Often difficult to find a seat because these individual customers have dominated double seat tables. Parking is a problem. Be prepared to park down the street (sometimes very far down the street) and walk. That's fine.
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Beer selection can be original, including local and regional. Bar tenders are hot/cold -- a few are superior and sometimes with indifferent attitudes. The bathrooms are very poor, including sometimes no locks with no open/close warning. The space depends on the event -- some crowds are very open and warming; some crowds are just angry and rush one crowd out as soon as possible. Taco truck is great. Always go for tacos. Parking is poor, but valet tries best they can. Please always tip the valet!
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reviewed a month ago
Sound is horrible. This center is useful only for basketball games (if). Any ceremony such as graduation is a farce for oral presentations -- the audience is nearly impossible to hear any speaker, and the conversation just turns into an audio rumble for hours. Without an improved sound environment, all presentations are a waste. Graduates should just walk in, grab their paper, and walk out, and don't bother with sitting for hours.
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