• The Term When Things Went Wrong

    What happens when your plans for a term suddenly don’t work? How do you adjust? This fall, I’ve had to do some hard thinking about these questions. If you follow this blog, you know that I disappeared in m...
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  • The Link Between Teaching and Research

      I just returned from a meeting sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on the subject of strengthening undergraduate education. Led by Pam Grossman, Dean of Education at the University of Pennsy...
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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...
    Miriam Moore
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  • Multimodal Mondays:  Teaching Visual Rhetoric for Accessibility with Alt-Texts

    Today’s guest blogger is Dustin Ledford, a graduate student at Kennesaw State University working toward a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric. He teache...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Reflections: Journeys in First-Year Writing

    There are moments in our teaching lives that can feel epic, as much for what happens outside the classroom as inside. This semester was my first semester teaching in New York City after five years away, and it has oft...
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  • Using Talk for Learning and Invention During the Composing Process

    Today’s guest blogger is Tanya Rodrigue, an associate professor in English and coordinator of the Writing Intensive Curriculum Program at Salem State University in Massachusetts.   In 2016, I engaged...
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  • When Reason Must Win

    In the recent powerful Paul Schrader film First Reformed, a young couple seek counseling from the minister of a tiny historic church in upstate New York, played by Ethan Hawke. The wife is expecting their first child,...
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  • How to Get Students to Talk in Class: Strategies for Making a Quiet Class Talk and Encouraging Class Participation

    In the classroom, how long do you typically wait for students to respond after you ask them a question?   One second, three, ten seconds, twenty?   If a student doesn’t readily know an answer or si...
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  • Pinball Wizards: or the Brave New World of Gamification

    As I've noted before, I once participated on an online forum where the participants quarreled a lot. One of the things they griped about was the way that some members "padded" their post count with lots of very brief ...
    Jack Solomon
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  • Should We Delete Social Media?

      On November 24, S. Matthew Liao wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times titled “Do You Have a Moral Duty to Leave Facebook?” Liao, who teaches philosophy and bioethics at NYU, examines a number ...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Final Writing Project: Create Your Own Course Syllabus

    Our final writing project for the fall semester is based on an assignment created in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Adrienne Rich, poet, feminist theorist, and SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) ...
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  • Listen First!

      If you haven’t heard of the Listen First Project, check them out! Devoted to mending “the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides one conversation at a time,” this project is currently c...
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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 ...
    Miriam Moore
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  • Using Grammar Girl Podcasts to Teach about Quotation Marks

    This blog series is written by Julia Domenicucci, an editor at Macmillan Learning, in conjunction with Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl.     This month’s post is a week early because of t...
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  • Lending Authority to Argument

    During the last presidential campaign, many of us made the mistake of trusting what we read on social media. It was easy to pick up on a quote or a meme that said just exactly what we wished we had said and to pass it...
    Donna Winchell
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  • “When Giving Is All We Have”

      I am here in Northern California, where there are 80 dead and 1,000 unaccounted for in the worst wildfire of the state’s history. Air quality is bad; people are wearing masks. And coughing. Yet people ar...
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  • From Margin to Center: The Politics of Readers and Syllabi

    While many of us are hurtling toward the end of the semester, we are also pressed to decide next semester’s book orders and ancillary readings. So, I want to celebrate how many of you are blogging about ass...
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  • Multimodal Mondays: Using Infographics to Enhance Research Practices

    Today’s guest blogger is Kim Haimes-Korn, a Professor of English and Digital Writing at Kennesaw State University. Kim’s teaching philosophy encourages dynamic learning and critical digital literacies...
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  • Beyond Addiction: The Cultural Significance of Instagram Daredevils

      You've heard about it before: someone perches on the edge of a rooftop, or a waterfall, or a granite outcropping, to take a vertiginous photo of the drop off, hundreds—perhaps thousands—of feet bel...
    Jack Solomon
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  • What I Learned at the University of Central Florida

      Last week I had an opportunity to visit with colleagues and students at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. It has been some years since I was last there and I was amazed to see how the campus has gr...
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