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Past student visits her home Uni with her (LiveJournal Proficient)students from St Agnes Catholic

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justine 1985, former literature student at our uni has just visited her campus with her students from St Agnes Catholic. She was so excited to tell me that she has been using LiveJournal with immense success in her literature classes at school where she -as a direct result of her LiveJournal experience- has become a school facilitator for utilizing new technologies in the literature classroom. She will be coming to our uni with some of her students to share the fruits of her use of these technologies in Literature and Education classes on campus next semester. Yay!!!

Please click here to see her unsolicited comments on her experience with her classes St Agnes. And if you haven't done so already please click on her amazing LiveJournal which takes her (and us) back to 2005 when she started her adventure with LiveJournal Blogging: justine 1985:
This is an amazing record of her journey through the study of literature, her growing creativity and ultimately her adventures in teaching with her own classes. Welcome Back Justine... and I am so pleased that what we taught you here at this uni- with all the new fangled technologies- has helped you so much in the modern, computer-literature classroom. 

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Date:May 26th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)

Oh Captain! My Captain!

Hi Michael,

just to let you know that LJ has made an indelible imprint on my life experiences as well as my education here at ACU. Even as literature was my first love, I had given up ever pursuing till serendipity decided I should be given a chance once more. Once more I burnt the midnight oil delving for the words that would illuminate the journals that I would be sharing amongst my classmates. Poems till then unborn was given life and stories untold essayed on these pages. Many of my classmates dropped by and helped me hone my craft or shared my emotions as it resonated within them. Now I know the spark you have kindled is there for a lifetime and will crackle and roar in my classes too as it did in yours.

Ever your student,
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Date:May 26th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)

Re: Oh Captain! My Captain!

Thank you Bikash for those kind words. It is definitely a two-way street: I learn a huge amount through working with you in class; collectively we uncover the underlying meanings and significance of texts that help to shape our lives. Thank you for your gracious participation in literature classes - and of course through LiveJournal - at our uni

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Date:May 26th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)


Live journal has been the greatest tool of learning in my academic life and creative life. Live journal acts as a portfolio, allowing students to assess their own learning, and reflect on areas that need development with the appropriate help from Professor Michael Griffith. If taken seriously by the student, the student will no doubt develop the critical thinking and performing skills to accelerate the cognitive processes of understanding, analyzing and evaluating literature. At the same time the student will reap the benefits from the weekly commentaries by feeling the need to explore their own creativity and writing capacities. Through live journal the student has the opportunity to develop their own oral and written voice, providing contemporary culture with a body of many aesthetic understandings and interpretations of literature. Through the development of these aesthetic understanding the student begins to perceive the interconnection between academic life and creative life which is so powerfully embodied in the richness of literature taught by Professor Michael Griffith.

Live journal prepares the student through the weekly commentaries to write stronger essays, and developing confidence to become engaged in discussions, lectures and tutorials. Live journal allows the student to feel the connection between themselves and the artist/poet/writer of which they are studying. Though it is personal, it is also professional and academic as it continually makes the student mindful of the importance of reflection, analysis and evaluation of weekly literature readings.

Live journal is the backbone for the future English teacher or author. Through my continuous academic and creative entries into live journal I feel fully equipped to teach literature or self publish my own writings.

Literature is a vast and at times very difficult subject, and because of its rich, poetic complexity and meanings, the student must have a place to linguistically reflect on all that has been taught in the weekly tutorials and lectures.

Live journal becomes a library of knowledge, not only for the individual participant but for future students who then have the opportunity to access other commentaries to identify the deeper understandings of the artists if they are having difficulty.

Literature needs ongoing assessment; otherwise the students will have gaps in their own understandings, evaluations and creations. Professor Michael Griffith has been very wise in initiating this great learning tool for the benefit of academic, creative, social, cultural and literary growth.

Live journal and discussions was and still is the driving force behind not only literature, but my whole education at ACU. For literature encompasses deeply the historical and visual contexts I studied, allowing my mind, soul and spirit to perceive the deeper connections between the disciplines of the liberal arts.

There is no doubt that live journal and the wisdom of Professor Michael Griffith’s pedagogy stands as a template for how literature should be taught, as it intensifies the passion for lifelong learning, and that is what education should be about in both the academic and creative realms.
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Date:May 26th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)


Thank you for your support ghettoman. Very welcome!
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