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Dr. Gb Published

Our amazing English teacher and NHS advisor Dr. Erin Guydish-Buchholz, aka Dr. Gb, had works published in three separate books in April. Her diverse contributions range from how to provide students with meaningful education during the pandemic, how teaching practices from the Food Network can be modeled in classrooms, and the value of critical consumption of popular culture. 

Congratulations, Dr. Gb, on such a feat!
Dr. Gb's contributions to three separate books were published in April 2021. Learn more about her writings and research below:

Global Students, Citizens, and Understanding the Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis.” Rhetoric and  
Sociolinguistics in Times of Global Crisis. Eds. Eda Hanci- Azizoğluand Maha Alawdat. IGI Global,  2021.

Dr. Gb describes this chapter as a reflection and focus on the best practices of providing students with meaningful education during the pandemic. In the chapter, Dr. Gb also explores ways that studying language’s function is helpful within and outside of the classroom. In her words, "A final aim is trying to find ways to value and empower students, particularly while they are experiencing crises. All of these are focused on locating techniques to assist students in seeing the larger picture- how they fit into a global community- in a moment where they may be feeling particularly isolated and disconnected."

The COVID-19 crisis is impacting global society in a nearly unprecedented manner. One fractured experience is the 2019/2020 school experience. This calls attention to the impact on students’ identity, agency, and sense of place within the world. This search requires exploring the impact rhetoric and sociolinguistics have in and outside of the classroom. Programs utilizing digital tools advance students’ identities, honor agency, and understand changes in the world. Allowing students a space to express their experiences, as well as see their peers in various global destinations, begins reflections on how social environments are impacting students. Incorporating conscientious uses of rhetoric and sociolinguistics within one’s classroom encourages three learning outcomes for students: 1) it establishes student agency, 2) it helps define and explore the concept of global citizenship, and 3) it encourages students to develop transferable critical thinking skills particularly.  

The Pedagogy of the Food Network.” The Food Network Recipe. Ed. Emily L. Newman and
Emily Witsell. McFarland, 2021.  

Dr. Gb's chapter in The Food Network Recipe explores the relationship between education and the television channel the Food Network. She examines how teaching methods used by the Food Network can be applied in classroom settings. She explores and analyzes connections between edutainment and gamification activities in comparison with the network's reality-based programming. 

In her chapter's conclusion, Dr. Gb writes, "Similar to traditional cooking television, which prioritizes access to recipes, cooking directions, and real-life application, education should be considerate of knowledge acquisition, the ability to locate knowledge, and the capability of performing specific skills. Furthermore, cooking programming’s shift to techniques, creativity, and learning how to transfer knowledge reinforces critical and creative thinking aims of today’s classrooms. Food programs balance education and entertainment; classrooms need to strike a like methodology to enhance significant learning and meaningful skill acquisition."

Additionally, she emphasizes that the Food Network "prioritizes knowledge, experience, and creativity within its competitions. Envisioning how these pieces fit into classrooms fosters a strongly preparatory educational model, particularly as these components will be heavily considered in colleges and the workforce." Dr. Gb suggests that assignments modeling real-life settings, rather than pure academia might have a valuable place in the classroom. Forming a connection between an expert and a novice is another lesson classrooms can take from Food Network programming. 

"Asylum Taboos & Transgressions in US History." Telling an American Horror Story: Essays on
History, Place and Identity in the Series. Eds. Cameron Williams Crawford and Leverett
Butts, McFarland, 2021.  
In Dr. Gb's contribution to this essay collection, she argues for the value of critical consumption of popular entertainment. For the book, she examines the television series American Horror Story and its well-informed exploration of history, pop culture, and the American experience.  If watching the show rated for audiences 18 years or older closely, Dr. Gb asserts, viewers of this often controversial and horrifying show can observe complex critiques and discussions that question the past and present state of US affairs and politics.

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