• “We” in Teacher Feedback: Reflecting on our Feedback Voices

    For the past few months, I have been analyzing the feedback I gave first-year composition students during the spring 2019 semester—looking for patterns in my lexical choices, references, and syntax. Student prog...
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  • Teaching, Writing, and Quarantine: This is a Mess

    It’s Easter Sunday, it’s raining, and I’ve been in my house for almost a month. I was hoping this blog post would come together quickly, that I would have some technical trick or insightful advice to...
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  • Remembering This: Teaching in the Time of Coronavirus

    As we face another month of social distancing, online learning, and the realities imposed upon us by Covid-19, I am wondering how we might document our days—and capture what we are learning so that we will remem...
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  • Help! I am Putting My IRW Corequisite Course Online

    Over the past two or three weeks, most of us have made the shift to online learning as part of our nation-wide response to the corona virus pandemic. A number of helpful resources have been posted, from the most basic...
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  • Peer Review in FYC and Corequisite Courses

    Do you remember your first experience with peer review—in high school, college, graduate school, or somewhere else? How do you construct peer review sessions in your classes? How has peer review evolved in your ...
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  • Feedback as “Intermental Experience” in FYC and Corequisite Courses

    We are heading into the fourth week of spring term, rounding out the first quarter of our FYC and corequisite courses. We’ve just finished early draft conferences on the first significant project – a liter...
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  • Reading Journals in the IRW/Corequisite Classroom

    I am frequently asked how to incorporate reading instruction in corequisite classes, especially when institutional logistics make it difficult to add anything to an already packed syllabus. I have found that in many o...
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  • Janus, Resolutions, and Attendance Policies

    It’s January, and my social media feeds are filled with suggestions for keeping resolutions, especially those related to wellness, healthy eating, and exercise. But I am also finding some pleas for encouragement...
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  • Strategies for Helping Students Reflect on an Entire Semester

    We are wrapping up our semester, and as I have done for the past several semesters, I am asking students to reflect on their beliefs about writing, reading, and grammar—and how our writing and revising during th...
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  • A Beautiful Day in the Composition Classroom

    A late Thanksgiving this year has created a difficult end-of-semester calendar: a week off for Thanksgiving, one week of class, and then finals. Moving from mid-term into early November, I watched the students in my f...
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  • Talking through Some Teachable Moments (Dealing with Difficult Comments)

    In my last blog, I wrote about the frustrations of dealing with difficult student questions (“So what are we doing?”) and the possibilities for instruction embedded in those questions. Similarly, I’v...
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  • So What Are We Doing? (Answering Those Questions)

    If I surveyed composition or IRW instructors about the student questions we find most frustrating, I am sure there would be considerable overlap in our responses. I would love to say that I am so calm, so focused on s...
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  • 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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