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Fosen 431: Stone Soup

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Jeremiah Rivas

on 21 December 2012

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The soup pot represents the ENGL 431 class that brought us all together to learn about the writing and tutoring processes.If we did not have the structure of the soup pot, then the soup would be for naught. The Soup Pot The heat source used to cook the soup represents that there needs to be some flexibility or the whole soup will be ruined. There needs to be consistent heat that will cook the soup, but we need to be able to adjust the heat as needed to cook the soup as it needs the heat. Heat The spoon represents the process of writing. There are good and bad ways to stir the soup, but it would be hard for anyone to have a process of stirring their soup that would make the entire process bad. The spoon mixes and melds everything else together. Spoon Carrots represent the community of practice that we have in our classroom and in our internships. Carrots take a while a little longer to cook than some of the other ingredients that will go in our soup just like it takes some time for a community of practice. There are steps to being admitted into the community, and now that we are in, we know the jargon we did not know at the beginning. And there are some students that are going to be the experts next semester as they take charge of their own workshop. Carrots The stone represents the internship.The stone is the first ingredient to the soup, just like how the students we mentor are the key of the internship. All stones are similar in structure just like all internships are, but they all have their own unique shape and background. Internships are about teaching, guiding, and mentoring students. Stone Celery Mushrooms &Tomatoes Stone Soup A problematic aspect of the English 30 workshops was that they were characterized by a lack of structure and organization. Because the mentors often didn't have a plan of action, many workshops were spent doing nothing productive at all in terms of writing instruction. It is analogous to trying to make a good soup by throwing random ingredients into a pot. If there is no 'recipe', no focused approach, no methodology, and no structure guiding your choice of ingredients, then your soup might turn out to be rather disgusting. No Recipe Rotten Ingredients Lack of agency
Lack of learning motivation
Lack of teaching motivation Potato Potato will represent audience. When students are writing, they have to think about a particular audience. One type of potato will be a better fit for particular types of soup. And like carrots, they require more time and effort. Onion Revisions are onions. They both have layers, after layers, after layers. Those repeated layers might make you cry, but in the long run, the soup will benefit from it. Salt and Pepper Salt and Pepper are great on meals, but how important are they? They don’t change what you are eating. All they do is add flavor and spice to your meal much like grammar can. Yea a paper may be great, but the grammar gives it that little extra taste that makes someone eating/reading it say wow. It cleans up writing and can be thought of as a finer detail when writing. When writing someone shouldn’t think of grammar as a key ingredient much like salt and pepper. We don’t go into making stone soup worried about the salt and pepper, no we worry about the main ingredients like the stone, which makes the soup what it is. These mushrooms are great for Stone soup! They give texture, smell, and either a bitter or sweet taste to every bite. We like to think of mushrooms as a source of social media, so for this purpose we can think of mushrooms as our social sites. We have bitter and sweet relationships on them whether we want to or not. We write on social sites everyday outside of the classroom and even spend time writing on them in the classroom for our personal use. Sites like Ning and Blogster can enable this connection between social sites and writing in the classroom to create an education social atmosphere. Video games, television, and of course the endless amount of information on the Internet gives us all different modes of learning. We are no longer restricted to books and knowledge from a single source. Learning can take place on a number of platforms that have never been as accessible as they are today. More options for learning can potentially transfer into more knowledge. And Tomatoes
are just Yummy! Two traveling men, were carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. They walked to a village. Upon their arrival, the villagers were unwilling to share any of their food with the hungry travelers. They went to a stream and filled the pot with water,dropped a large stone in it, and placed it over a fire. One of the villagers became curious and asked what they were doing. The travelers answered that they were making "stone soup", which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor,which are missing. The villager did not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, they get added. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup, which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager handed them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walked by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup was enjoyed by all. (adapted from Wiki) MMMM YUM!
STONE SOUP! THE END IT'S TIME TO EAT! With Stone Soup, our group was demonstrating that the process of making a soup using a whole community is much like the process of our ENGL 431 class. Each part of the class is an ingredient or tool that aids in the writing or revision process. We took different ingredients and tools and aligned them with the processes that we learned in this class and tried to align them as best as we could metaphorically to the process of our soup. We wanted to demonstrate that you get what you put into the soup. This was the most important thing that we took from our internships. It is just as important to have a plan (or recipe) as it is to have a spoon (to understand the process of writing). Also, it makes the soup better the more and better the ingredients that there are in the soup. The more you put into your soup (or paper) the better you and your teacher will get out of it!
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