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

 Writing and Einstein: The Difference Between Information and Meaning

Autobiography Challenge

Considering Conclusions         

Considering Introductions

Four Meanings of Life

Godot and the Great Pumpkin

CHOOSING A MAJOR:

    A Major is More Minor   Than You Think

 Thoughts About Picking a      Major

Quick Points

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 a Class?

Why Write? Legos, Power, and Control

Writing and the Goldilocks Dilemma

Writing Yourself Into Being:  The Online Textbook to Come

CREATIVE NON-FICTION (Essays not directly related to education or writing)

The Blessing and the Blues

The Hair Connection

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

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Poems, Essays, Drafts, and Scraps

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 Pedagogy, Philosophy, and Nonsense by Forrest D. Poston

Years ago a teacher said he enjoyed conversations with me because I was "lucid." Other people don't always seem to agree. This site isn't likely to resolve the dispute, but spreading the confusion to a wider audience should produce some good conversation, one of life's greatest delights. I'll be posting ideas about general philosophy, education, composition, and bits of quirkiness that may occur late at night.

This site is for both students and teachers, anyone who likes to think, who wants life and education to be more than memorize, regurgitate and forget. Feel free to use or adapt the ideas here. Of course, I wouldn't mind getting credit, especially when the ideas work, but more than that I'd like people to get in touch. Let me know what you tried and what happened (or didn't). Ideas are like clay: the more you work it, twist it, squash it down and start over, the more workable and useful it becomes.

One friend with insight said I'm at my most serious when I appear to be joking. I'm also at my most irritating when my pompous aspect takes control. Just pretend that it's really an attempt at humor. This is my first website, so don't expect too many bells and whistles in the design beyond this template homepage. I'll add and improve as I learn. I only hope the work will go faster and smoother than the local roadwork.

In the picture above, I'm the one with the longest fur over the least of my body. Forrest D. Poston, teacher, student, writer, auction junky, idealist, and cat cushion. I'm closing fast on 45, writing my dissertation, planning a composition textbook, and hoping to find a college that lets me teach students to do more than memorize, regurgitate, and forget. In the classroom, I do look marginally more professional, and just because I have long hair doesn't mean I'm a revolutionary. It hasn't been all that long ago (high school actually) that I had short hair, black plastic glasses and wore plaid polyester way too often. Still, I do have a tendency to bring out latent insecurities in some people without trying.

 

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 Pedagogy, Philosophy, and Nonsense Home 

Essays and Links

Autobiography Challenge       Considering Conclusions   and   Considering Introductions     Four Meanings of Life     Godot and the Great Pumpkin

CHOOSING A MAJOR: A Major is More Minor Than You Think  

Thoughts About Picking a Major

Quick Points   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 a Class?     Why Write? Legos, Power, and Control     Writing and the Goldilocks Dilemma

Writing Yourself Into Being:  The Online Textbook to Come

CREATIVE NON-FICTION (Essays not directly related to education or writing)

The Blessing and the Blues     The Hair Connection

My Other Related Sites:

Showing Class: Writing by Current and Former Students

Poems, Essays, Drafts, and Scraps

Links to Other Sites