• Restricting Linguistic Choices in FYC: Yes or No?

    When I think back to my high school writing instruction, I remember red ink, error codes, rules written by hand (it was the early 1980s) ten times in an effort to earn back half the points deducted for rule violations...
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  • It’s all Meta to Me: My 2019-2020 Research Questions

    Metalanguage, metacognition, metadiscourse, metapragmatics, metagrammar – I am seeing references to all things meta in professional journals and conference presentation titles. In his overview of scholarship on ...
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  • Professional Development, Summer Style

    What are your scholarship and professional development plans for the summer? Like many colleagues, I relish the opportunity to focus on research projects, reading, and course development during the summer “downt...
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  • Rules, Principles, and Resources

    In my last post, I looked at writing rules issued by instructors across the curriculum and the resulting confusion for student writers attempting to understand what good writing actually means—and how much of th...
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  • “But in my last class, the teacher said…”

    Over the past two weeks, my FYC students have been drafting, revising, and editing a researched essay. I conference individually with students and devote class time to workshops, feedback, and student questions. This ...
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  • Finishing Well

    Many years ago, during the panic-riddled days prior to my dissertation defense, an experienced friend encouraged me to see the defense procedures as a celebration of scholarship, something to be savored, not a hurdle ...
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  • Multilingual Writers and Peer Review Workshops

    I recently led a workshop on working with multilingual writers in IRW and corequisite composition courses, and I was asked how best to handle peer review when there are multilingual writers in the classroom. Several p...
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  • Teaching Paraphrase with Multilingual Writers

    I am continuing to look at suggestions for working with multilingual students in FYC and IRW corequisite classrooms. One area of concern for many instructors is plagiarism and patchwriting with multilingual writers. A...
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  • Sentence Structure Patterns for Multilingual Writers

    I am continuing to look at suggestions for working with multilingual students in FYC and IRW corequisite classrooms. Here’s a simple activity that can support sentence structure development for all readers and w...
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  • Vocabulary and Multilingual Writers

    I am continuing to look at suggestions for working with multilingual students in FYC and IRW co-requisite classrooms. This week, I’d like to consider vocabulary development, an area of struggle for many students...
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  • Assignment Design as Teaching Tool

    I am often asked about simple suggestions to help multilingual students in FYC and IRW co-requisite classrooms. For the next several weeks, I want to examine some strategies for addressing the needs of all students in...
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  • Be It Hereby Resolved

    It’s January, and I am seeing signs of resolutions everywhere: explicit declarations of relationship, health, and professional goals, along with tacit commitments indicated by images of tracking devices, fitness...
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  • Art, Vocabulary and Writing: Connecting the Dots

    Guest Blogger: Michelle Kaschak is an Assistant Teaching Professor of English at Penn State Lehigh Valley. She teaches IRW courses, first-year composition, and upper-level social science and technical writing cou...
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  • Metaphors for Writing that Works

    In a recent guest post, Sara Heaser wrote about the metaphors she uses in teaching first-year composition. Her observations have been lurking in the back of my mind since then, and in preparing for our final weeks of ...
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  • #Interaction in FYC via #Stance and #Engagement

    In my first-year writing courses this fall, I’ve asked my students to explore James Gee’s concept of Discourse as a means of interpreting their previous literacy experiences. A common theme in their first ...
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  • Telling It Like It Is: Talking Metaphor in FYW

    Guest Blogger: sara heaser  is a Lecturer of English at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, where she specializes in basic/co-requisite and first-year writing curriculum, pedagogy, and program development. She...
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  • Using Reader Reactions to Practice Metacognition

    Guest blogger Ann Amicucci directs the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She teaches courses in first-year writing, writing pedagogy, and the rhetoric of soci...
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  • The Fabric of Reflection

    Much published work on transfer tells us that students must practice reflection to develop metacognitive awareness and encourage application of knowledge and concepts from one context to another (see Writing Across Co...
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  • Tweeting for Deeper Reading: A Multimodal Assignment for the Classroom

    Note from Miriam: During Fall 2018, I am sharing the “Real Teaching” blog with colleagues from around the country who will be sharing what works in their writing classrooms.   Guest blogger Melissa ...
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  • Confusion, Transparency, and the Thesis Statement

    One of the eight threshold concepts that frame my FYC and co-requisite courses is this:  uncertainty, difficulty, and confusion are normal parts of a writer’s growth. Upon reflection, I think I would add th...
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