Thursday, February 14, 2008

Ground Control to Major Tom...

commencing countdown, engines on...

I don't know why but this song popped into my head as I decided to do a quick post in the midst of two online class assignments.

I guess there is only so much analysis of the sociocultural context of literacy and learning using J.P. Gee's six contexts (cognitive, social, cultural, historical, institutional, linguistic) in regards to African American students and Chinese American students that a girl can do. . .

on Valentine's day!

And I still have the 30-year journey of literacy from a linguistic, psycholinguistic, cognitive psychology, and sociolinguistic perspectives.

Woo woo!

I do know more than I ever thought I would about the morphosyllabic nature of the Chinese writing system (not a logographic one as is commonly thought) and how it differs significantly from our phonemic alphabetic one.

I also know that the Chinese language is congruent with the Base 10 mathmatic system and that English is not.

I should probably stop before you all die of excitement and interest, shouldn't I?

At the risk of sounding like The Boy Who Cried Wolf, I am fairly scared over the amount of work I will have to do this semester. It will be much worse than last semester. Truly. Of course, in the face of so much reading, analysis, research preparation, etc., what am I spending too much time doing? Reading for pleasure.

I am procrastinator extraordinaire. I could compete in the Olympics of Procrastination and Time Wasting. I would win every gold medal.

Oh well, Marley is dressed up as a giant blue M & M and is bouncing off the walls. Paul is making dinner and Colin is making brownies. And the literacy journey awaits.

I just wanted to say hello.

Hello!

15 comments:

chickenone said...

You made me laugh.

I wish I could further expound on the morphosyllabic nature of the Chinese writing system, not the logographic one - but I have really pressing things like leaks in my roof and 2nd grade Valentine parties to attend to.

It's that whole I have nothing exciting to tell you about unless I make it up phenomenon...

Let's talk soon.

atypical said...

Hey, my number 2 son, the instigator, is taking Chinese this year, so I actually knew that one!

I'm jealous on the pleasure reading. My arthritic hands acted up around Christmas and I couldn't hold a book for two weeks, and now my eyes are doing something funky. Woe is me!

I am sooooo happy to see a "Hi" from you. I hope you manage to get some enjoyment from your classes along with all the work. I don't remember how to process big words anymore, so you may have to talk dumb to me. You don't mind humoring an 'old' friend, right? ;)

-t

Beck said...

Hello!
I wish my kids had a big blue M&M costume. That would be funny.
Your classes make my brain hurt. Me dumb.

Sober Briquette said...

Thank heavens it's not Groundhog Day. Reading about your classes would have scared me back into my hole for the entire semester.

I've been thinking about a post about procrastination, but I'm too busy doing other things to avoid the thing I'm avoiding to actually do the post. I'm hoping to write the post after I suck it up and do "the thing" so I can say how silly it was to have procrastinated...but here I am....

Julie Pippert said...

*girlie squeal* It's MARY-LUE!!!!!

Hi ya babe! So good to see you.

Reading all of this makes me miss school. Sigh. I wish I was in school.

Now this is very intersting that Chinese is congruent with Base 10 mathematics.

Would you consider, you know, elaborating?

Maybe you can study AND blog...you know, share what you learn, teach it out. I hear that is the best way to learn anyway. :)

It does sound like a lot.

And hey been meaning to email you. We are changing schools.

Why reading that Marley is dressed like a blue M&M made me think of that I can't say LOL.

EnnuiHerself said...

Hello!

wheelsonthebus said...

Missed you! Glad to hear you've been busy with only good things.

Terri B. said...

Now why am I so excited to read this post since I JUST SAW YOU the other day?? Wish I could've seen Marley dressed a blue M&M. By the way, why was she dressed as a blue M&M?

Sheila said...

Yes, WHY was she dressed as a blue M&M?

Alpha DogMa said...

Yes, you must share why she is in a blue M&M costume.

And thanks for the invite to share my recent reads, but a few weeks ago I picked up some copies of old Sweet Valley High books (10 cents each) and I've been amusing myself by rereading the trash that rotted my brain in junior high. See, I'm not worthy of you and your deep thoughts.

poppy fields said...

Hi!
Hang in there....:)

Aliki2006 said...

Hello right back at you, friend!

Good to "see" you again...

daisies said...

hello :) xo

Jozet at Halushki said...

Holy smokes! (How do you say that in Chinese?)

Here's something to help rest your mind. Mandarin Bluegrass music.

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCFJ3LURCtc

Lindsey said...

It's so cute that your daughter is the blue M&M. Sometimes procrastination is the best way to get things done:) Good luck with your work!