Nathan Branson

Taylor Mali's Reasons Why It Has Become Uncool to Sound like you Know What You are Talking About

The Consequences of Repetitively using "Like" and "Ya Know What I'm Saying"

"It has somehow become uncool to sound like you know what you are talking about" is the opening line to a short Youtube video (with nearly 2 million hits). I've shown this Taylor Mali speech to over 20 sections of English composition over the last 3 years. That is, I show it to all my composition classes. This semester I showed . . .

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December 31, 2015

What We can Learn about Storytelling from 90's sit-com "Full House"

Transitioning From a "Story-Consumer" to a "Story Teller"

Our culture is desperate for storytellers. On a weekly basis we watch movies, television and any number of streaming media because we are in search of a story. I watch at least 2 movies a week. If I let myself, I could make a habit of watching something every night. However, I do not believe we were only created to listen or watch other . . .

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October 02, 2015

Music for Study and Work Productivity

Top Four: Tycho, Explosions in the Sky, Moby and Enya

Music makes mental work easier. If you are a student, you might need to review terms for biology in order to pass an exam. If you are writing an essay, you might need music to feel inspired. Doing menial tasks at work can be the same way. Sitting at a desk for 4 straight hours doing work on a computer feels like running a mental marathon. If . . .

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September 04, 2015

The 5 Year Process of Learning How to Wakeboard

Why Being Aware of How You Learn Makes Everything Easier to Learn

I tried wakeboarding in 2006 for the first time at High Rock Lake outside of Lexington, NC. At the age of 22, I believed I could do anything. In terms of social, physical and intellectual confidence, I was at a peak. Along with that, I knew how to snowboard. The transition seemed like a given. Snowboarding and wakeboarding begin the same way . . .

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August 06, 2015

Accuracy in Language Motivates More Than Grammar

Does "Correct Grammar" Motivate Students in English Class?

Many students who come into my English 111 believe that the primary purpose of my class is for me to change them into "grammatically correct" writers and hammer into them the ability to "speak properly." In terms of motivation, an end goal of correct grammar is not enough to make students want to change their writing or . . .

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June 16, 2015