• Flashback: On Affirmations

    An important New York Times article circulated a couple of years ago that focused on questions of persistence in college. The lessons of the new lines of research as represented in this article are important for those...
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  • Start with a Plan

    Good writing begins with good planning. I like to formalize planning with a required document—a project plan. You might do something similar.   For a researched argument, I’ll have individual studen...
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  • Collaboration and Teamwork

    Last spring, I posted a Bits blog on peer groups in the writing classroom (Peer Groups in the Technology-Enabled Writing Classroom) . I’d like to extend that post here, with a focus on collaborative writing. ...
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  • The Writing on the Wall

    This post originally published on Bedford Bits on February 5, 2014.   We’ve been busy building new spaces for learning at the University of Delaware. As we upgrade classrooms and public areas, we are trying...
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  • Classroom Design

    This post was originally published on Bedford Bits on June 6, 2013.   I continue to think about  classroom design that supports the kinds of teaching we are interested in doing. I have written about my exper...
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  • Writing with Writer's Help: In the Disciplines

    I will be visiting the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in early February to work with their writing programs. The campus is an enthusiastic adopter of Writer’s Help, currently using Version 2.0. The campus is ...
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  • Writing, Speaking, and Everything Else

    When I was first trained to teach first-year, introductory composition at the University of Michigan in the late 70s, one of the encouraged class activities asked the instructor to work at the board and lead the class...
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  • Being Intentional about Using a Handbook.

    We sometimes display an encouraging if not particularly forceful approach to handbooks. We might require one, or recommend one, or recommend any of several, either at our individual course level or as a writing progra...
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  • Personal Learning Networks

    This blog was originally posted on March 3rd, 2015.   We had a faculty development workshop at UD over three days in early February, where we welcomed keynote speaker Ann Hill Duin from the University of Minnesot...
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  • Peer Groups in the Technology-Enabled Writing Classroom

    I suspect we all use peer review in some form or other. If we can help students become effective peer reviewers, then we give them a skill that helps them improve their writing without a teacherly intervention. Peer r...
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  • Look it up!

      This blog was originally posted on January 27th, 2015.   Working on some medical texts last week, I was continually impressed with the ease of looking up unfamiliar words. Pretty much without fail, if I ri...
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