• 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 ...
    Jack Solomon
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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...
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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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  • A Note on “Visual Ethics”

      I’ve recently been working on revisions of some of my textbooks and have been reading more and more about how easily images can be manipulated or falsified. I remember reading Kenneth Brower’s galv...
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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...
    Traci Gardner
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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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  • How Bedford New Scholar Marissa McKinley fosters critical thinking in students (and deals with post-break fatigue)

    Marissa McKinley (recommended by Bryna Siegel Finer) is a recent graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s English Composition and TESOL doctoral program. Marissa now serves as an Assistant Teaching Profe...
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  • America's Got Sentiment

    As Sonia Maasik and I work to complete the tenth edition of Signs of Life in the U.S.A., I have been paying special attention to American popular music, which will be a topic for a new chapter that we're adding to the...
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  • Anti-Racist Teaching

      During a visit to the Bread Loaf School of English in August, a place I have taught on and off for nearly thirty years and one whose natural beauty (in Vermont’s lush Green Mountains) always renews my sp...
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  • Remembering Nancy Johnson and All Great Teachers

      On August 31, at about 2:30 in the afternoon Eastern Time, Nancy Johnson, Professor of English at Ohio State University, shuffled off this mortal coil, leaving so very many of us bereft and grieving. Nancy (as...
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  • By helping students develop into reflective practitioners, Bedford New Scholar Caitlin Martin hopes to see education shift to a strength-based model

    Caitlin Martin (recommended by Elizabeth Wardle and Jason Palmeri) is a PhD candidate studying composition and rhetoric at Miami University (Ohio), where she also serves as graduate assistant director of the...
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  • What I Did On My Summer Vacation

                                                  How many times were you asked to write about this topic...
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