What keeps an individual interested in continuing to interact with a Person(s)?
I appreciated the conversation that took place on Thursday. We went over a few scholar’s blogs about how far they have come in learning and using the class teachings in comparison to the FLC Composition Learning Outcomes. I have connected with the term metacommentary which is where a case of bias is built before presenting information. It’s a way to shape thinking prior to presentation. We also went over Cameron’s use of multimodal factors in his blog. Again, the class started to branch out with brainstorming topics to make personal relevance. One of the main topics for me was that knowledge is experience. Through any form of knowledge thought any form of genre, ends with experience. Experience of new knowledge can be of the known or unknown, which in either case, is experience. Rosa mentioned how she thinks the education of composition can and should be changed into learning through class interaction such as this class. We all agreed that class discussions are getting the class more involved and building levels of comfortability in knowing each other and respecting perceptions. Dr. Mangrum explained how students have agency to establish any form of movement. Lastly we talked about establishing personal connections to create engagement that turns into a responsibility to engage interactions which create attentiveness.
I have made my own connections throughout the class discussions. I was able to take notes but this particular discussion has lead me to use illustration to remember my ideas.
As stated before I like the use of metacommentary. It puts a term to bridge intended or maybe anticipated misinterpretation. Likewise it can be used for an excuse of not finishing work. Rosa was talking her point with agreement from the class. I drew a schoolhouse with burning money coming out the chimney.
The point I had was that not only are students wasting money in choosing not to learn. It also reflects on the College as well and its students. Likewise that the School is not creating students that I would like to think of as skeptical and speaking and writing with validity. This class has taught me exactly that. I’ve been waiting to attend a course such as this where I can learn to state my point and neither be right or wrong but be able to learn skepticism, validity and argument. All alongside thinking of sourcing, bridging thoughts and words, conveying relevance and building or creating knowledge with connectivity and attraction to an audience.
The class reviewed some other blogs in which we went over more of the Learning Outcomes and how scholars have learned them. I had drawn a mountain with people around the base.
This had me think that everyone is different for all various reasons and particularly learning. The analogy I had made was that an instructor can make a pathway to the top of the mountain that everyone can follow. I am appreciating this class because we are all taking our own paths with direction but nonetheless we are learning from ourselves and each other, with Dr. Mangrum alongside the class. The point to me was that we all see things differently, learn differently and we now are climbing up the Mountain of Learning Outcomes at our own pace with however we are particularly equipped. The view from the top is generally the same but depending on our experiences and values to appreciating the view; at that point will be different.
Lastly Dr. Mangrum pointed out to us how we can be individually responsible for learning and the engagement of others. Knowing a person’s name is a level of respect but also a responsibility of respect in remembering that name. Each person has an agency to create enthusiasm for learning among others. I drew a row boat with each person having their own paddle.
Each paddle represents a responsibility to contributing to the movement of the boat. If people can create a team trusting environment then the movement forms a stronger bond of dependability and reliability. I feel that if each person is respected as a part of the team and if one person falls off, the team will need go back to keep the person on the boat continually contributing, while giving the person support. I think thought that if each person in the class takes this class attitude we have now and fronts it to other classes, the trend will catch on to make learning more engaging and interactive. The boat will get bigger with contributing members.
This class has made learning rhetorical knowledge creation easy. The class discussions do not always stay on the same topic from with they originate. Discussions start out with a topic then branch off to other scopes relevant to main scope. This gets minds turning to provide arguments. I dig how the class is observant of information and participate their ideas. Other classes I had were of traditional learning where instructor talks, students listen and vocalize right/wrong answers. The discussions open my mind to how people complexly think. This class is a good foundation for thinking about learning. I have experienced countless situations in unlimited field where there are not always right but possibilities are the apparent but overlooked because of bias. The discussions are teaching me how brainstorming ideas are the way to go. Although I feel the ideas scholars exhibit in class are only supported by experience or exposure; however, I am learning that supportive research is most important to make claims. I feel like the claims are made of inferences but to stem from some sort of verified judgment. Most importantly I am learning that speaking with support goes hand and hand with talking with support. The understanding of communication can be better understood and trusted. The use of blogging is opening my thoughts to using technology and how communication is leading into its paradigm shift. As well as how using multimodal dynamics contribute a powerful emphasis and attraction. I relate every experience of this class to language. Communications can be dissected into many different genres of “languages”. Languages are of vocal, gestural, body, sign, symbol, syntax, contextual, etc. This makes me more conscious of how I should be more aware of how to program my own language to effectively communicate intended meanings clearly.
I have thought about the research information I have retained from Peekay. She has showed me ways to search for reliable sources. The information was always there but didn’t think critically about the information and its trails. Research is more of trailing to where information was created. Along the journey to finding sources there is knowledge to be discovered. She has showed me how to look at information from different perceptions and question were the source came from. Although the time was short she has gone over many main points to looking at research and has cemented my thought of reliability in resources. With her insight to research I am not more equipped to researching, plagiarism, choosing relevant information and being a better scholar. Most importantly her teachings have further taught me that papers are of research then writing. I look forward to researching, even if its time consuming and tedious, overall to learning along the way while researching.
Thank you muy much Peekay,
Bry A. FLC Scholar
Everywhere around me there are genres to be found. I can’t help but think about it all the time since we had the class discussion. I interpret genres and abstract them to different forms when it’s not necessary. It has helped me to be more open about communication and misunderstandings. I believe that if genres don’t exist with people, it is hard for them to understand the position from where we make up references or ideas. A basic foundation of identifying genres can help for all discussion purposes. Sarcasm have many limericks that don’t always connect. I love sarcasm and think it’s funny. If I cannot laugh at something then there is something else wrong. Although what I may think of as funny most people don’t so I choose to keep it withheld. I would rather make jokes to understand things then be serious about it. If it becomes so serious it’s not stimulus and I have trouble with retaining the information. I’m usually thinking of movies quotes, some ignorant quip, change the context of what I remember someone saying.That can serve as an abstract of genres. Even at that moment being sarcastic and talking serious u can see the misrepresentation.
The in-class conversation today was of worldly languages compounded with English and international business English. Glocal and Globish. Video games are a genre that are popular worldwide. The game inventors need to keep the games the same around the world. The controller interfaces need to be the same for instructional purposes. If I took my controller to the other side of the world I’m sure it will work because they run off USB nowadays. And if I wanted to learn form a foreigner the controller button combinations would need to be the same. The storyline of games may change because the dynamics of diverse languages. Even at that, the storylines need to be as exact as possible. Games come from all around the world and are sold as commodity. There are others genres that are closely tied to these video games such as other forms of media like movies. The storylines need to be exact as possible because there is so much specificity. There could be a chance I am in rap with a dude out in Africa about my hitherto Street Fighter crush Chung Li and wanted to know her status and some history. The storyline will need to be the same. The language across that board needs to be the same for online communities and gaming. Most of all for continuity for spin-off productions. Global and Globish are existent within the video game world. Given more research maybe this, among other forms, is a start to creating a global language.
Understanding language is a constant pedagogy. Language informs and communicates. There is always something to be learned and taught. One key to understanding language is to set a platform before communication can begin. I want to experiment on how language is understood. Within this blog I want to set a ground rule of simple vocabulary. Dictionaries are set on an accumulative understanding of the definition of a particular word. I have learned much from John Swales in his writing on defining situations and discourse in communities. What a community defines as a discourse or situation might not be what another community sees to exist. I have learned that speakers talk of a speech community perspective. Writers and speakers are of different worlds of language. Understand communications must establish a language platform. In changing language, I want to start out using the word asshole. From now on the word asshole means a respective reference of or to a person. I’ve had many assholes cross my path in life. There are very few I remember but the ones I do have given me the greatest advice I can still remember. I am grateful for these particular assholes because their advice that has guided me through the hardest times psychologically. I do not always recognize when there is something to be learned but I am open to new experiences with people because there is no telling when a new asshole with cross my path again. Usually I find the best connection when I am going through a tough time and someone has an asshole type of thing to say. I am nowhere near being a wise asshole but I will front my best efforts to learn through every situation. I am hoping that this is an experimental start to creating knowledge about communication. Time will tell.
We made a presentation of language and its purpose. Nicole presented that trees do not have a language to communicate linguistically. I’ve been thinking of this since then. I have read some of Richard Karban and Ted Farmer’s work on electro-biomechanical pulses within plants. I do believe that plants do communicate to each other. I sat and thought about how trees grow. Every plant has its biological genetics. Trees might have their own ways of rooting and growing in respect to each other. I cannot recall any plants that I’ve seen growing on top of one another. With that said I have learned that, people just like plants, need to learn to keep space and distance in order to respect one another. The closer we are to each other we cannot see things from an outside point of view. In which case there is a need for communication whether linguistically or electromechanically just like our biological nervous system. Although I have noticed that plants tend to grow in regions of common species depending on environmental factors for survival. When plants are transferred to a non-native area they need to acclimate. Also adapt to other species for survival. Is there any evidence that suggests plants do have language? Lord of the Rings has plants that can talk. Jibberous. Why should anyone care that plants have language?
I read “Genre as Social Action” by Carolyn R. Miller. The writing explores how rhetorical genres are of classifying discourse, what are recurrent rhetorical situations, hierarchical theories of meaning and her implications. Genres are any ways in which communication can be derived. A discussion in class exampled a menu as a form of genre. The language in sports are a form of genre. There are many ways which we think to classifying discourse. We look for similarities depending on how we were raised, where we come from, psychology, experiences, etc. I believe that traditional genres are used for structured responses from what Lloyd F. Bitzer says. I also agree with Miller that discourses of large scale have greater branching for rhetoric complexity. If traditional rhetorical situations are recurrent, then why question possibilities and just leave conceptualization to known facts. The hierarchical genres of coordinated management such as an owner’s manual. What makes a particular specific genre unquestionable? Why are genres important? What is the purpose for defining genres? How do we define genres? There is infinite ways of defining a genre. I see may problems in generalizing genres because of everyone’s dynamic ways of thinking.
I been thoughting about Alyssa saying we don’t have the time to get to know each other I’d like to feed off of that. In a more traditional sense of decision making the hierarchies make the final answers. Today that is true also but the idea is changing where now everyone has an equal opinion. For decisions that are made now days, how is it possible to get anything done if everyone has a chance to be heard. Listening and considering everyone’s opinion takes time, brainstorming and analysis. All while the world is moving at a faster pace than we can make choices. How is it possible to make more time for anything? I could say pushing back deadline dates. But are there any ways that can be efficient and time effective? I believe there are great ideas that even the smallest person on the totem pole has. I believe that person pulls their weight, works to their ability and has same opportunity as anyone along the rest of the pole shall have.