• Who Will You Dress Up As This Halloween?

      On this Halloween, I am in Lawrence, MA, joining the Andover Bread Loaf group of teachers from Lawrence’s public schools and the students who act as writing consultants throughout the city. Founded, insp...
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  • Using Grammar Girl Podcasts to Compare British and American Englishes

    This blog series is written by Julia Domenicucci, an editor at Macmillan Learning, in conjunction with Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl.     Has the United Kingdom or Brexit come up in your clas...
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  • Finding “Translingual Realities” as an Assignment

      I’ve just been reading Nancy Bou Ayash’s Toward Translingual Realities in Composition: (Re)Working Local Language Representations and Practices (2019). It’s a bit of a struggle for me—f...
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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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  • Elements of a Model Accelerated Composition Co-Requisite, Part 1

    Long before California Assembly Bill 705 went into effect, making accelerated composition the de facto first-semester composition course in my state, I was privileged to be part of a group of educators and counselors ...
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  • Multimodal Mondays: Music and Class Playlists

    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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  • How Bedford New Scholar Josh Chase finds inspiration in his students

    Josh Chase (recommended by Marika Seigel) is a PhD student in the Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program at Michigan Technological University. He expects to finish in May 2021. He serves as the composition program coor...
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  • It's No Joke: the Cultural Semiotics of Joker

    Hailed as a "must-see" movie for the apres-weekend water cooler crowd, and warily monitored by everyone from local police departments to survivors of the Aurora, Colorado massacre, Joker has surpassed its opening box ...
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  • How Do You Build Trust?

      Ernest Hemingway is said to have remarked that “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” Enigmatic, for sure. But also probably pretty good advice. I’ve been thin...
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  • Reading — Slow and Fast — in the Writing Classroom

    I’ve been teaching writing for 28 years, and I still wrestle with how much reading to assign in a writing class. Hopefully, I'm not alone. There’s an alchemy between “less is more” if we want s...
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  • A Note to Readers

    This blog, Teaching Digital Natives, is currently on hold. Please stay tuned for more information soon! 
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  • More on Helping Students Engage across Difference

      Last week, I wrote about the remarkable work Jeanne Bohannon is doing to help her often deeply conservative students reach beyond their own boundaries and engage with differences. I’m writing today about...
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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...
    Miriam Moore
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  • Bedford New Scholar Shannon Butts teaches her students about rhetorical ecology, and they teach her new ways to “hustle”

    Shannon Butts (recommended by Creed Greer) received her PhD in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Writing Studies at The University of Florida in August 2019. Shannon teaches courses on digital rhetoric, mul...
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  • The Panopticon 2.0

    Michel Foucault's application of Jeremy Bentham's panoptic proposal for prison reform to the modern surveillance state has become a commonplace of contemporary cultural theory. And heaven knows that we are being watch...
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  • Students Engaging across Difference

      This summer I surveyed students at a range of colleges and universities, asking them to tell me about what they saw as barriers to communicating with people different from them and about what they saw as the b...
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  • Stop, Read, & Apply: Guided Revision Activities

    Earlier this year, I participated in a conversation on collective feedback during a Faculty Office Hours session (an online chat for teachers of professional and technical writing). Collective feedback, a strategy exa...
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  • Using Grammar Girl Podcasts—Back to Basics

    This blog series is written by Julia Domenicucci, an editor at Macmillan Learning, in conjunction with Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl.     From all of us here at Macmillan Learning and the Gram...
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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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  • Gathering in Community: Crowdsourcing Across Classrooms

    This semester, my classes  are once again reading James Baldwin’s “The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity,” a lecture that Baldwin gave in New York City in 1963 in the midst of the Civil Righ...
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