• The 4Cs and Local Research: A Community College Story

    Three of my colleagues and I presented a session at the 4Cs this year, focusing on the rhetorical choices of community college students at different points in their academic programs. How did such a local study come a...
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  • Between Conventions: NADE and CCCC

    I recently returned from the National Association of Developmental Education (NADE) annual conference in Oklahoma City, and I then headed to Portland for the CCCC annual meeting. On the plane to Oklahoma and back, I w...
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  • Writing about Writing in the Community College: Student Texts

    I have been writing about implementing a writing-about-writing (WAW) approach to first-year composition in a community college. In the last post, Writing about Writing in the Community College: Workshop Assignments, I...
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  • Writing about Writing in the Community College: Workshop Assignments

    In my last post Writing about Writing in the Community College: Another Classroom Perspective, I described how I am implementing a writing-about-writing (WAW) approach to first-year composition in a community college....
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  • Writing about Writing in the Community College: Another Classroom Perspective

    In October, Mark Blaauw-Hara wrote about his experiences Teaching Writing about Writing in the Two-Year College. I hope more instructors join that conversation, and in this post, I’d like to add my exp...
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  • A Word for 2017: A First Week Activity

    A piece in Inside Higher Ed caught my eye this morning: "What's Your Word for 2017?" Shakti Sutriasa gives advice on how to select such a word in an article in the Huffington Post. There’s even an online communi...
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  • Post-term Reflections

    Allison Adams wrote an article titled “Helping Faculty Find Time to Think” for the Chronicle of Higher Education a couple of weeks ago. In it, she suggests that faculty development programs need to support...
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  • Back to the Beginning

    I received an email from a student who could not attend class yesterday.  In the email, she noted that she was having trouble with her glasses and had decided to get contact lenses.  Her lenses arrived the d...
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  • Implicit Bias, Language, and Community College Writers

    On October 27, Tiffany Martinez, a first generation Latina student, wrote a blog post narrating a humiliating encounter with a professor who assumed, based on Martinez’s use of language, that Martinez had plagia...
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  • Do Writing Teachers Know What They’re Doing?

    Joseph Teller recently authored a provocative piece titled “Are We Teaching Composition All Wrong?” in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  The article criticizes trends in composition pedagogy which f...
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  • Vocabulary Instruction in Integrated Reading and Writing/ALP Courses

    I just finished drafting a vocabulary quiz for the co-requisite section of my ALP (Accelerated Learning Program) freshman writing course.  Vocabulary instruction has long been a challenge in developmental English...
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  • Frenetic Pace vs. Deliberation Attention: Time to Slow Down in ALP

    Frenetic.  That was the word I taught my ESL and co-requisite freshman writers during the second week of our 15-week term.  The pace of the first two weeks had left them frazzled.  In nine hours of face...
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  • Concepts, Practices, and Dispositions for Transfer: A Look at the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

    Many basic writing and first-year composition courses require students to conduct research and integrate the sources they find into their written work. The research paper poses challenges for instructors for a number ...
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  • Introducing Multimodal Composition in the Two-Year College

    Multimodality is mainstream: In their exploration of threshold concepts for composition, Naming What We Know, Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle posit that “all writing is multimodal” and “all ...
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  • Settling into a Professional Identity

    My oldest daughter graduated from college in May; she will begin an M.A. program at a public Midwestern university in the fall. She will fund her graduate studies by teaching in the university’s first-year compo...
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  • A First Day and Last Day Syllabus Review Activity

    Traci Gardner pointed out in her recent post (See Revising for a More Visual Syllabus: The Schedule)  that summer is the time many of us re-think and revise syllabi.   This work may seem peripheral to o...
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  • A Difficulty Assignment for Faculty:  “They Can’t Even Write a Sentence”

    Maureen McBride and Meghan Sweeney recently wrote a blog post presenting strategies to help basic writers read complex texts (see A Place for Reading Instruction in our Writing Classrooms).  They described, for e...
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  • A Time to Reflect

    This week I am giving myself a reflection assignment.  In my last post, All's Well That Ends Well, I described the final assignment I gave to my first semester composition students, who were co-enrolled in either...
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  • All's Well That Ends Well

    Ends of semesters can be fraught and frenetic, both for students and for faculty.  My students are completing final revisions to projects begun earlier in the semester, and they are preparing for a final assessme...
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  • “I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot”

    As I’m working this evening, I am humming songs from Hamilton and reflecting on sessions from the Cs in Houston in April and NADE in Anaheim back in March — threshold concepts, transfer, critical reading i...
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