sharing my experiences in crafting an educational id & inviting you to hitch me (Please be happy to offer suggestions, share your concepts and insights, and contribute to my writing!

Good day everyone,

I’m excited that I’ve determined to share my reflections on my writing improvement and crafting an educational id  through the years in my doctoral program! I hope this expertise might be helpful to you as a lot it will likely be to me! I invite you to share concepts, present your insights, give feedback on my writing and experiences please! I stay up for listening to from you!

First, I wish to begin sharing some elements of my earlier writings about how I’m crafting a number of cultural and educational identities:

Creating a optimistic id as an expert scholar is a vital job for a doctoral scholar (Austin & McDaniels, 2006). College students who expertise two totally different cultures particularly with minority standing, could really feel caught between the dynamics of those cultures, and have a conflicting self id, values, attitudes, beliefs, or loyalty to a specific cultural group, which can be problematic (Lee, 2006).  Doctoral college students, particularly worldwide college students, have to be adequately ready to navigate the complete vary of roles and identities that comprise educational discourses. Located in a social and cultural perspective, the speculation of multi-literacies suggests that folks take part and work together by many modes of communication (e.g., electronic mail, blogs, twitter), and have interaction in particular educational {and professional} discourses. Moje and Luke (2009) argue that educational id is formed by sure sorts of discourses and literacy practices; in the identical method, the methods by which we talk, and are engaged in discourses can have an effect on how we’re acknowledged as human beings, and the way we craft our identities particularly for individuals who expertise life as minorities on the idea of racial, ethnic, spiritual, or different social classes (Pufall-Jones & Mistry, 2010). This paper addresses my very own continuous journey in the direction of crafting an educational id by the lenses of biliteracy and multiliteracies. Nancy Hornberger defines biliteracy as a continuum: ‘any and all situations by which communication happens in two (or extra) languages in or round writing’ (Hornberger, 1990: 213); and the notion of continuum is meant to convey that though one can determine (and title) factors on the continuum, these factors will not be finite, static, or discrete. On this paper, I talk about the importance of biliteracy, how dwelling in fixed state of transition and overlapping cultural representations between Turkey and US considerably shapes my self-awareness between two cultures. In flip, this self-awareness shapes how I take part in educational {and professional} actions and discourses, that contribute to my bicultural and biliterate educational identities. 


Altering the perceptions about literacy and me as a literate particular person:

the aim for this presentation:

I studied in an English medium college, in different phrases, a college that supported biliteracy.  Biliteracy, as theoretically framed by Hornberger (1989),  is  seen on account of overlapping interactions between its contexts (i.e., micro-macro stage, oral-literate, and the monolingual-bilingual ranges).  Though dimensions of bilingualism and literacy are expressed in polar opposites akin to Ll versus L2, monolingual versus bilingual, oral versus literate, when biliteracy is taken into account, these continua are interrelated dimensions of a extremely complicated entire.

Beginning my doctoral diploma within the USA, I needed to perform as a biliterate particular person in an educational surroundings—I used to be from Turkey, however now dwelling within the US. This made me query all my earlier notions and definitions about literacy and biliteracy. In Turkey, in English as a International Language (EFL) contexts—literacy technically means “studying” and “writing”. Nevertheless, as a biliterate worldwide scholar, I spotted that speaking in one other language was not solely about studying and writing for tutorial functions, but additionally concerned social and cultural issues. Being biliterate meant that I needed to study in regards to the US tradition which shapes my expression, and pondering, and seeing the world. As a doctoral scholar, I mirrored on how I perform and carry out in particular discourses (as   against the contexts by which I exploit my native language), and consistently in contrast my literacy practices in these two cultures, the worth individuals hooked up to those practices, and the ideologies that encompass them.


How am I Redefining literacy?

After I was requested to outline “literacy” in a doctoral course, at first I couldn’t perceive why the time period wanted to be redefined I understood it from a cognitive perspective as I had realized it in Turkey—studying and writing–and separated it from its social context. Nevertheless, I spotted from totally different class readings and discussions with individuals from various multi-cultural environments that totally different cultures worth totally different literacy expertise and that literacy can’t be divorced from the tradition by which it’s embedded. In Gee’s (1996) phrases, “individuals don’t learn and write to interact in summary processes; slightly they learn and write specific texts of specific sorts, specifically methods as a result of they maintain specific values”.  The best way sure societies use a spread of texts, together with multimodal, can differ throughout cultures and their associated contexts. My id as an junior scholar started to emerge as I learn and interacted with others about what literacy is, my very own biliterate assumptions about language, and the chances of crafting an educational id that was social, cultural, and multimodal.

Why do I embrace multiliteracies / multimodality as a analysis curiosity?

Brian Road (1984)  argued that literacy practices rely upon the context, and they’re already embedded in an ideology and can’t be remoted or handled as impartial. Due to this fact, it made extra sense to me to embrace “multimodality” and “multiliteracies” to border my very own analysis pursuits.

Multimodality refers to many modes that comprise the way in which individuals talk, and multiliteracies refers to “the various and various ways in which individuals learn and write of their lives” (Purcell-Gates, 2002, p. 376).  A concept of multiliteracies considers agendas that advocate social change.  As a result of my goal is to supply equal and democratic schooling for all, a concept of multiliteracies has a possible of cultivating biliterate identities by tapping in individuals’s cultural capital or “funds of data” (Molls et al., 1992), whereas multimodality permits me to precise that means throughout modes (not simply studying and writing). Thus, I can empower biliterate identities for myself in addition to others.


Crafting my id by conferences

When fascinated with crafting my id as a scholar, I’ve famous a number of understandings about concept and apply which have formed my journey. Sociolinguists like Road and Gee recommend that literacies are greater than a method for sharing info; they’re intimately linked with id, or what Gee calls Discourse. Discourses are id kits that embody not solely spoken and written language and different technique of symbolic expression, but additionally elements of id like costume, physique language, and actions that sign underlying beliefs and values of a group. As such, I perceive the multiplicity of cultural identities which are expressed by literacies, and my attendance at skilled conferences. I’ve participated in native, nationwide, and worldwide conferences; every has its personal discourse communities. Apart from conveying the content material of my presentation, I learn the way students work together with individuals by spoken language, after I ought to reply to audio system, and what varieties of questions individuals ask.  I additionally discover different communication akin to dressing, gestures, and manners. I learn the way individuals from various cultures negotiate totally different discourses and respect one another, thereby painting assured profiles in these intercultural and educational areas.


A second approach my educational id is formed is thru my participation in scholarly organizations together with Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor Society (AUA), Worldwide Studying Affiliation, Georgia TESOL, Lecturers of English to Audio system of Different Languages Inc. (TESOL), American Instructional Analysis Affiliation (AERA), and Center East Institute. For me, scholarship is basically social. At GSU, AUA, which is a management group, permits me to take part in a group of learners who present me with a very socialized surroundings for my scholarship.  My lively engagement with these skilled communities reinforces my skilled id. For instance, I evaluate convention proposals, [YY2] and develop what Bonny Norton calls an “imagined id” as a future editor of a well known journal[YY3] . Additionally, my growing relationships with my educational advisor and school, associates, household, and educational networking websites on-line present me the assist for navigating by totally different cultures and forming a scholarly id.


Shaping an educational writerly id for publications:

Membership in organizations and taking alternatives that my advisor and different professors supply is a 3rd approach that assist me form an educational id as a author. For instance, yearly, we as members of AUA host an writing retreat to  develop identities as scholarly writers. We’re writing a manuscript that focuses on how AUA is cohesively aligned to doctoral necessities and serves as an important assist to college students within the areas of scholarship, management, and repair. I additionally work with my advisor and different professors on analysis and write in the direction of publication. For instance, I’m the Media Facilitator for International Dialog in Literacy Analysis (GCLR) analysis workforce[YY4] . On this function I edit and reasonable seminars and write biographies for the web site. In April 2014, I’ll reasonable Brian Road’s seminar. It is a big honor and contributes to shaping my educational {and professional} id. Furthermore, I write my very own weblog the place I talk with different professionals and obtain suggestions.  I agree with Kirkup (2010) that “running a blog [YY5] may play a helpful function in skilled improvement ” (p. 76). I attain a direct viewers from all world wide. I additionally take part in a number of ESL communities on-line the place I share my sources. I understand that skilled identities could be bolstered not solely with actual individuals in instant, native instructional settings, but additionally with digital individuals in world platforms akin to ELT and literacy communities on-line. Briefly, I depend on a number of people for assist past my educational advisors or friends. Participation in these discourse communities as a author enriches my life, information, and private capability but additionally that of those that are concerned within the exchanges as nicely.

Enhancing my id as a worldwide and native employee by educational and private connections:

Advisor assist was related to a stronger sense of belonging and educational self-concept (Cutin et al., 2013). My advisors typically allotted skilled and socializing recommendation, and even emotional assist for me. My constructive relationships with them have been key elements of satisfaction within the doctoral program, and the event of my skilled id. They handled me as a junior colleague, not as a scholar. I used to be lucky to work with two educational advisors who come from totally different cultural backgrounds, Korea and Bahamas, as they contributed to my native and world views as a candidate instructor educator. For instance, one of many advices that I acquired was to outline myself and different non-native audio system as multilingual individuals slightly than learners or academics of English as a Second Language. I understood what my advisor meant after I learn in regards to the deficit views related to the time period English as a Second Language. I spotted that accepting English as my second language didn’t assist acquire extra competent view of myself as a candidate instructor educator who would educate in English in a context totally different than my dwelling tradition. I questioned the dichotomies of non-native versus native speaker (Canagarajah, 2007). I made a decision that buying a multilingual id was essential for my success in America, which was a part of the worldwide group (Yi, 2013).

My second advisor taught me how I ought to acknowledge the facility of language in each native and world contexts akin to dwelling and faculty if my aim was to contribute to democratic schooling (Tinker Sachs, upcoming). I understood that being profitable can’t be achieved solely by growing native identities but additionally by being formed as a worldwide employee. For instance, one inspiring dialog together with her came about when she described how she visited native communities akin to immigrant dad and mom, listened to their issues, recognized what was highly effective about them by being a great observer, and introduced their tales to classroom, leaving the deficit lenses behind.  I additionally realized that appreciation of variations within the native context doesn’t imply that I wanted to disregard global-mindedness on the planet. I’ve a worldwide id as nicely as a result of I acknowledged some similarities in numerous native communities. For instance, I assist culturally responsive pedagogies and curriculum like my two advisors and plenty of different professors on the planet. This recognition assist enhance my sense of belonging in educational communities. I’ve the flexibility to take part in an area dialog at one city faculty within the US as a result of I do know, learn and study extra about their tradition. On the identical time, I can participate in a world group, or a gaggle with worldwide views, and share my concepts for the aim of social justice as I did in one in every of my courses this semester.

Aside from educational connections, my private relationships bolstered my educational and cultural id. I’m married with an American, which helped higher understanding of the goal tradition as a result of I had an opportunity of discussing my confusions, tensions, or conflicts between Turkish and American tradition with my husband. As well as, my private reference to associates helps my journey. For instance, I belong to a Fb group whose members are all Ph.D college students on the identical program that I’m enrolled at my college. On this “Crucial associates group” (Franzak, 2002), we share our sources, ask one another questions, and provides recommendation on the way to progress with our schedule or the tutorial program. The theoretical basis for Crucial Pals Teams is that academics belonging to a gaggle study to collaborate by taking part in skilled improvement actions akin to analyzing scholar and instructor work (Franzak, 2002). Though we don’t evaluate our educational work on this group, we nonetheless assist one another by speaking in regards to the problems with coursework, schedules, assignments, and every other topic associated with social and educational life. In different phrases, by this crucial group, I discovered a secure place the place my voice joined with others to work by my very own educational and social id disaster.

Being an built-in scholar by educational and private connections:

After I began my doctoral diploma, schooling was just one a part of my life; however now I perceive that changing into an actual scholar resides  the scholarship in each facet of life: private, social, and educational. Accordingly, I’ve begun to see myself as an built-in scholar, which signifies that I keep professionalism in each facet of my life, and dedicate myself to a course of life-long studying, and advance the function of establishments that I work for in educating, serving, and galvanizing the others.



In conclusion, I’ll proceed attempting on a number of skilled selves to see how nicely they match me. I acknowledge that changing into an educator and a job mannequin for future students in my area is an evolving course of. Id formation is evolving and fluid as nicely. My goal is to be accountable, imaginative, insightful, rigorous, and dedicated in my social and educational roles. In mild of analysis in how universities outline the professions and a number of identities (Brint, 1994), hopefully, this paper will assist and lengthen scholarship within the space of worldwide college students’ bicultural self-efficacy.


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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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