Wikipedia’s Status in the Writing Classroom

When I was a kid, a man showed up at my door selling a set of encyclopedias. I lived on a gravel road in rural Missouri. We had to drive to get our mail, and the nearest gas station was almost ten miles away. Though…

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Readings for a New Semester (Part 2 of 3)

  This is Part 2 of a 3-part series. See Part 1 on reading full-length texts here. Image courtesy of Jain Basil Aliyas     This series began with a post about the importance of reading full-length texts. In addition to these--the primary course reading for the semester--most of…

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Links Roundup: Starting Fresh

At the beginning of every semester, I enter the classroom feeling like I've gotten a fresh start. Adding to that invigoration is the fact that teaching developmental students means we're often getting students who are in college for the first time ever (or the first…

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Readings for a New Semester (Part 1 of 3)

    This is the first post of a three-part series. Image courtesy of  .christoph.G.      As we start a new school year, I wanted to share and discuss essays that are helping me plan and organize my classes for Fall 2016, and making me…

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Reflections: What Worked and What Didn’t for 33 Revolutions per Minute

I just finished up the first semester of teaching developmental writing with Dorian Lynskey's 33 Revolutions per Minute as the central text. The book is a historical look at protest songs arranged chronologically in 33 chapters. While there are some cross-references within the chapters to past…

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Tough Standards and Nurture: Can They Coexist?

Recently, I read a post on The Chronicle from Charlotte Kent about her insistence that students meet high standards of professionalism and academic rigor in her classroom. She believes that this attitude is key to solving a gap in skills between high school expectations and…

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Reading: English Varieties and Intelligence

What Playing Candy Land Taught Me About Teaching Composition

This post originally appeared at Balancing Jane. (more…)

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Book Review: Does Open Access to Higher Education Support the Goals of Social Justice?

Guest post by Layla Azmi Goushey (more…)

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Developmental Writing in the Historical Trajectory of Rhetoric

This post originally appeared at Balancing Jane.  (more…)

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