Tag: Katie Hern

Developmental Writing in the Historical Trajectory of Rhetoric

This post originally appeared on Balancing Jane as part of the Blogging to My PhD series and is being crossposted here. "So when you get your PhD, will they let you teach real classes?" This question came from a student in my first year of teaching developmental writing. I was saddened by her apparent belief that she wasn't a "real" student and told her so, but the question kept coming up in different forms. One particularly strong writer who had spent the semester producing complex pieces of analysis written with poetic flair seemed almost angry as he visited me in office hours (voluntarily) to talk about his future plans as a writer: "What is this? Are you just trying to be a big fish in a small pond? Why are you teaching this class?" Most heartbreaking of all was a student who said in front of the entire class, "You seem really smart, so why are you teachingĀ us?" It's a question I've gotten from other…

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