Category: Prof. S. Personal (Page 1 of 2)

Genre Assignment

You may see me struggle,
but you won’t see me fall.
Regardless if I’m weak or not,
I’m going to stand tall.
Everyone says life is easy,
but truly living it is not.
Times get hard,
people struggle
and constantly get put on the spot.
I’m going to wear the biggest smile,
even though I want to cry.
I’m going to fight to live,
even though I’m destined to die.
And even though it’s hard
and I may struggle through it all,
you may see me struggle…
but you will NEVER see me fall.

The poem was created to uplift anyone who had any thought of giving up in any situation. It lets the audience know that life may get hard a times, but you have to constantly persevere through it all by fighting for what you have visioned for yourself. The poem teaches you alot in just a few lines which is what makes it good. Each line written in the poem can relate to the audience no matter who it is. Besides that, the poem also mentions the fact that life may get difficult to the point where you at your weakest.The time when the toughest situations approach you that when have to stand tall. Staying positive through the obstacles that life has ready to throw at you is what’s most important. Staying positive when you at your worst can be the most helpful tool.

My Own poem about my love for basketball

Hoop dreams and great friends made me do things,
stay out trouble learned new things
what it do bring is “good games”,
Shooting shots but the target has no name, playing against the clock,shoot the rock
let it go straight, Okay I’m ready, middle left right which way I’m headed, many directions but I took flight never staying steady, basketball is life,
many working hard for the nights they ain’t believe in them self so they’ll make it right, sleepless nights
no pain no gain there’s no rest in life,
only when you on the bench your thoughts take a pause and observe the rest,
learn from their make mistakes and make them ONE again
become the captain of the team but we all are men,
and chemistry is at 1000 cause we more then friends
brothers in arms playing defense when the walls to them, and if we lose play it cool but better get lost in gyms,
Get ready to do better all your flaws are wins, we all want is in, side of each and every one of us that’s the lawless gem

GENRE How to

A How to entry on how to shoot a basketball.
Hello if your struggling to shoot a basketball and looking for some ways to improve your shot you have came to the right place. I will tell you 7 easy steps that will help you shoot a basketball.
Step 1: First you must have a basketball and a basketball hoop

Step 2: you must decide on what’s your dominant shooting hand.

Step 3: you have to put one of your foot in front of the other. If your dominant shooting hand is the right hand then your right foot should be the foot that’s infront

Step 4: Make sure that your feet is spread apart evenly. Preferably at least 7-8 inches

Step 5: you want to put the basketball on your dominant shooting hand, use your other hand to help you hold and guide the basketball while you shoot

step 6: as you just the basketball make sure before you jump you bend your knees slightly. ( adds more power to your shot)

Step 7: aim your elbow at the rim. Once you got the aim you want you follow through and release the ball within your finger tips.

Different types of Genres

Name 10 Genres you encounter in your life
Comedy books
Comic Books

2. Name one or two that you like the best. And say why. Who is their audience and what kind of language do they use?
The two genres that I like the best has to be anime and poetry. Poetry and Anime stand out the best for because anime is something that i grew up watching. Anime contains messages throughout the story line that can be interesting. Anime originally comes from japan, but it has gotten so popular that it has migrated all the way all over the world. I also chose poetry because without it there wouldn’t be any hip hop/rap. Without that form of music I honestly don’t know what I would do. That form of music brings me joy and can brighten my mood in an instant.

3. What is your understanding of the term “Genre”?
I believe that Genre comes in different forms. It comes in music, tv shows,writing, and many other forms. Genre is basically content in a specific form.

How to keep a healthy relationship

3 Tablespoons of connection
In order you have or even start a relationship you must first have a bond with them.

2 cups of understanding
In a relationship both partners need to learn how to understand one another and hear each other out. A relationship without understanding has no room for growth.

1 tablespoon of patience
In a relationship you have to be patient with each other. Cant start an argument for something that’s isn’t really a big problem. If you do get mad then talk with your partner in a nice tone, otherwise it’s going to evolve into an argument.

A dash of humor
A relationship is not fun if there isn’t any sense of humor

4 cups of love
This is the most important ingredient. A relationship without genuine love for one another isn’t really a relationship.

with these ingredients you will be able to keep not only yourself but your partner happy as well.

UNIT 2 Posts So Far

Low-stakes assignment Posts for UNIT 2 as of April 1:

Reflection on “Shitty First Drafts” by Annie Lamott and Reflection on “Navigating Genres” by Kerry Dirk

Posted  under the Category UNIT 2: Assignment 1

A written “recipe” for a skill/something you do well

Posted under Category UNIT 2 Assignment 2

(For Section 439 Only): A written “recipe” for how to sustain a relationship

Posted under Category UNIT 2 Assignment 2

A list of 10 or so types of writing (genres) that you encounter in your life

Posted under Category UNIT 2 Assignment 2

Writing about a skill/something you do well in the form and style of a genre that you encounter in your everyday life.

Posted under Category UNIT 2 Assignment 2

ANOTHER writing about a skill/something you do well in the form and style of a genre that you encounter in your everyday life.

Posted under Category UNIT 2 Assignment 2

Working on the train, bus, in transit to record Outer and Inner Dialogues in at least three different locations or times, with setting and situation noted.

Due Date, format, and transcription details To Be Announced

UNIT 1 Posts are Now Complete

The Prompts and Posts to Open Lab that comprised our low-stakes assignments for UNIT 1 were as follows:

Lipogram without “the

Prisoner Lipogram without descending letters on the topic of “fear

Prisoner Lipogram without ascending letters on the topic of “cure

Your Shelf (list) of Influences

Reflection on Assigned readings by author Laura Carroll “Backpacks v. Briefcases”

Reflection on Assigned reading by author Nelson Graff “Teaching Rhetorical Analysis”

(Sections D439 and E106)


Reflection on Assigned reading by Laura  Carroll  “Backpacks v. Briefcases”

Reflection on Assigned reading: “Grammar to Get Things Done”

(Section E115)

One extra piece of free writing, e.g., “On the way to school today, an unusual thing I noticed,” etc.

Reflection on writing with constraint thus far (Section D439 only, handwritten or posted)

Teaching: A Recipe, by Prof. S.

TEACHING: A RECIPE by Professor Schmerler

Serves 10-50 people. Should be served hot or at least warm.


An insane desire to transfer your own knowledge to other people before you die, thereby (in your own mind) achieving immortality (1 GALLON)

A love of your own voice (1 HALF GALLON)

Some schooling (2 CUPS)

Some prior knowledge of your subject matter (preferred)     (3/4 CUP to start — you can make up the rest of the cups as you go)



Prep: If you are teaching in a community college or other, non-private academic environment that does not offer you job security: pre-heat your personal life by relying on this job for income to meet your basic needs (rent, food, clothing, coffee).  This will give you the necessary attitude required to make your teaching the best it can be.

1.) Spend your lifetime wishing you could connect more to other people. Read/do/or otherwise perform one very geeky thing A LOT. Try to explain it to other people while you are growing up. Fail. Try again. Watch other people who explain their sh*t well to people and copy their style, attitude, demeanor, and actual lessons. (That last part is not plagiarism. It’s legacy.)

2.) Get an attitude (see above) that makes you feel comfortable in rooms where there is only one of you and you are greatly outnumbered by other people (who are preferably sitting in chairs). Seek out these places. Spend lots of time in them (especially sitting in the chairs). Deal with the boredom that comes with doing this. It is inevitable. It is real. It will be exactly what your future students feel while sitting in chairs, and it will help you if you feel it yourself, for many years, first.

3.) Plan a lot. Plan some more. Make lists and write them out and change them. Make charts. Always think about your plans when you are reading ANYTHING, watching ANYTHING (a movie, a TV show, a dance video on YouTube) and think and scheme about how you can incorporate it into your plans. These will inevitably become your lessons.

4.) Throw all your plans out when it comes time to teach. The students will roll their eyes and become bored if you don’t (see Step 2).

5.) Get a job. Any job. Stand in front of people and talk. Don’t worry if the people don’t respond at first. Don’t worry if they are too catatonic to even open their mouths and form syllables. You are all in a room, and that’s good. No one is threatening your lives (see supplement on Active Shooter Protocol), and that’s good. In short: Be sure Everyone is where they need to be and where they want to be.

6.) Repeat Steps 1 – 4 constantly throughout the semester, modifying amounts as necessary. Garnish with spice.

7.) Enjoy.


That last step is probably the most important of all.





Navigating Genres

Facebook is a huge asset in our world today. It can be used to play games, interact with family, friends, and even express your feelings for your friends to see. I personally don’t use Facebook to post about how I feel or even post at all. The reason behind that is because Facebook public. Anything that you post can be seen by anyone. It can’t be trusted, you don’t know what type of people can be creeping around looking at your information or what type of information you post. Also Facebook can cause a lot of trouble to teenagers. Believe it or not Facebook is actually a huge part of the chaos teens go through today. There are a lot of cyber bullies that say and do things that can actually hurt someone to the point where they might want to hurt themselves or the cyber bully. Older people like my parents don’t really have to worry about posting on Facebook. The reason is because unlike most teens, older people worry about who’s adding them on Facebook. Older people only add people that they know, but the youth usually adds anyone just so they can have more friends and more likes. Also older people know not to post their life in social media. In comparison, teenagers have the tendency to post pictures or statuses that are not appropriate for social media. The genre I struggle the most with has to be poetry. I have a problem with no being able to connect the right words when writing a poem.

Shitty First Draft

When I have to write down an essay or research paper I usually have at least two drafts. My first draft consist of  writing whatever comes to mind at the moment. My second draft I make sure to spot out every mistake i made while writing the paper . When I first read the title to the chapter I was astounded because authors usually don’t have the fortitude to post such foul language in their books especially as the title. After reading the chapter “ Shitty first draft’ I learned that it’s best you use the method the  author spoke upon. By writing the downdraft your creating a surface for your paper. For the updraft you have looking over the previous paper and search for sentences that you could reword differently to make it sound more appropriate. Finally comes the dental draft, which is finding every mistake made on the paper like punctuations, capitalization, and etc. These three steps will improve all writers exponentially. It will help writers like myself notice the mistakes they made and learn from them. From now on I will make sure i review all the work that I write at least three times to make sure there’s no error.


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