My students are pushing me

to think on my feet. To answer questions I haven’t thought of.

For instance, while examining images in our book, we came upon a Got Milk: Born to Shop ad. (Other Got Milks can be seen here.)

In this ad the woman has about twenty beautifully colored bags, is in a short skirt and high heels, and looks fresh and rested. I commented on the high heels for shopping.

One of my students said, “What is it with high heels?”

I answered some, but I wasn’t thrilled with my answer, so I came home and looked up other things.

Today a student asked, “Why are we studying art in English?”

I gave my standard, you need English in every field spiel. I mentioned the guy who lost a $150,000 dollar raise because he didn’t write well enough.

But I don’t think I did a great job with it.

And later the student asked, “Why aren’t we doing English-y stuff like thesis?”

I told her we were working on just writing. And we’re moving towards that English-y stuff.

But I want a blog so I can post better answers and the students can go read and comment and maybe we’ll get a whole community going… Or maybe not.

So, if you want to see what we came up with go to Davis English.

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