(Pedagogy) Philosophy and Nonsense      
Thoughts about writing, education, and experience                                  Presented by Forrest D. Poston

The first goal of teaching is to strengthen, deepen and refine our intrinsic love of learning. All other goals and all methods must stem from that idea. Any that do not support that goal must at least be questioned and adjusted, if not eliminated. Otherwise, we are not teaching but training.

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The Cat With a Bucket List

Looking into Poetry:
Introduction to the Series

Quick Grammar:
"You, and Me, and I"

Eyes on the Story:
"Sour Notes in Mr. Holland's Opus"

Eyes on the Story:
"Endings: Trick or Twist?"

Eyes on the Story:
"Archie's Decision in 'Field of Dreams'"

Writing Beyond the Grade:
"The Joy of No Meaning"

Looking into Poetry:
"Lewis Carroll, e e cummings, Form, and Nonsense"

Looking into Poetry:
"Shakespeare Meets Elton John"

Looking into Poetry:
"Wallace Stevens and 'The Poems of our Climate'"

Looking into Poetry:
"A Look at Sylvia Plath's 'Winter Landscape, with Rooks'"

"The Cor-purr-ate Story, Glyph's Rise to Power"

Quick Grammar:
"A Punctuation Secret"

Writing Beyond the Grade:
Right Word, Right Spot

Looking Into Poetry:
"Nothing Gold Can Stay" and the Delightful Danger of Art

Looking Into Poetry:
Playing with Poetry Using Linebreakes

Writing and Education

Autobiography Challenge

Considering Conclusions

Considering Introductions

Four Meanings of Life

Godot and the Great Pumpkin

A Major is More Minor Than
You Think

The Poetry Process (A look at 4 versions of a poem.)

Thoughts About Picking a Major

Quick Points About Education

Quick Points About Writing

Reading Poetry and Cloud Watching

Revising Revision

Reviving Experience

Reviving Symbolism

Using an Audience


What Makes a Story True?

What's the Subject of This Class? (Being revised.)

Why Write?

Writing and Einstein (The Difference Between Information and Meaning)

Writing and the Goldilocks Dilemma

Links to Other Sites
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Other Essays and Poetry

Something Somewhat Vaguely Like a Resume

Being Like Children

Beyond the Genes (Dad)

The Blessing and the Blues

Bookin' Down Brown Street

The Cat With a Bucket List

David and the Revelation

The Dawn, the Dark, and the Horse I Didn't Ride In On (an odd, meandering, semi-romantic story)

Getting a Clue

Ghost Dancer in the Twilight Zone

The Hair Connection and the Nature of Choices

The Mug, the Magic, and the Mistake

Sadie on the Bridge

Trumpet Player, USDA Approved



Selected Poems

The Poetry Process

Writing by Current or Former Students

Ms. Write Meets Her Match in Jr. Ms. Write Now
by Heide Perry

I'll Just Have Cats
by Cara Hummel

Toys to Toys
by Allyson Bowlds

Scribbles and Bits

Links to Other Sites