• Tweaking the Syllabus (or Why IRW Instructors are Never Bored)

    Every so often, I encounter myths about my work as a community college writing instructor, and I feel compelled to disabuse my well-meaning friends or colleagues of their mistaken assumptions. For example, I have been...
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  • A Reflection Activity for Integrated Reading and Writing Instructors

    One of the monumental tasks facing developmental English instructors in post-redesign institutions is how to provide just-in-time professional development for teachers who do not have experience teaching in an integra...
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  • What does an Integrated Reading and Writing Syllabus Look Like?

    The redesign of developmental English programs across the country presents some significant challenges for developmental instructors, especially those who have been teaching in traditional multi-level programs with se...
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  • Research, Synthesis, and Discourse in FYC:  A Writing about Writing Assignment Sequence (Part 3)

    In my last two posts (Part 1 and Part 2), I introduced a writing about writing assignment for students enrolled in both my FYC course and an ESL co-requisite support course. In a course-long project, students are rese...
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  • Research, Synthesis, and Discourse in FYC:  A Writing about Writing Assignment Sequence (Part 2)

    In my last post, I introduced the first part of a writing about writing assignment for students enrolled in both my FYC course and an ESL co-requisite support course.  In a course-long project, students are explo...
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  • Research, Synthesis, and Discourse in FYC:  A Writing about Writing Assignment Sequence (Part 1)

      I am teaching a section of first-semester composition with a 2-credit corequisite, designed specifically for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. I approached the development of my syllabus and assi...
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  • Facing Placement Policy Changes in the Two-Year College: Faculty Response

    My college is beginning its first semester under a new “multiple measures” placement policy (a misnomer in our case, for as Alexandros Goudas has pointed out, such policies are actually implemented as mult...
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  • Student Symposia and Writing about Writing

    As a community college English instructor, I face an ongoing challenge of interrogating and dismantling stereotypes about our students and our curriculum.  Yes, a number of our students are pursuing applied or te...
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  • Assessment: The Best In-House Professional Development of The Year (?)

    I say “Assessment” and you say . . . what? Did you involuntarily wince or utter a furtive moan? Like many of my colleagues, I often find the assessments required of us to be a waste of time and, on occasio...
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  • Grades, Students, Stakeholders: A Collision of Stories

    We are entering the last week of class prior to final exams, and once again I sense a growing dread: in two weeks, I must enter one of five letter grades for each student into our data management system. The deliberat...
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  • 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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