This week is the beginning of Ivy Tech’s summer semester, and I’ve been eagerly prepping materials for the past month since I’ve not had the opportunity to teach summer courses before. I was excited to consolidate my English Composition and Exposition/Persuasion curriculums from 16-week to 8-week schedules, even though I had to re-think pacing due… Continue reading Playing with Syllabi Conventions
CC Photo by Trudy Bloem on Flickr. Last week, I showed up fifteen minutes early–as I always do–to teach my 2:00pm ENGL 111 class on Wednesday. The class is a 12-week, late-start composition class that currently has six students enrolled, of which only four are actively participating in the course. Two o’clock came and went.… Continue reading Wait… Did my students plan a skip day and not include me in the group text?
Note: I started this entry about a month ago–the weekend after CCCCs in Kansas City. However, life has happened since then… so there may be some tense shifts. After a weekend of grading, I wasn’t willing to go back and change it. — Since returning from CCCC this weekend, my mind has been buzzing with… Continue reading Reflecting on CCCC 2018
I’ve been asked to give a talk later this month to Ivy Tech’s full-time English faculty about portfolios as a method for writing assessment. From conversations I’ve had with folks in the department, I’ve gathered that few folks (if any) are currently using portfolios as an assessment method for their composition courses. I was a… Continue reading Advocating for Portfolio Assessment
We’re in week 2 of our semester, and already, I’ve asked my ENGL 111 students to work with a variety of modalities and writing technologies. They’re responses have been hilarious. Last week, after I had students read and annotate Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts,” I had students respond briefly to a series of prompts: How… Continue reading Multimodal Shocks in ENGL 111
It’s been some time since I’ve written anything, and even longer since I’ve written about my work as a compositionist. There’s not really any excuse, except that I didn’t make my blog a priority this summer or fall semester. However, my goal for 2018 is to be more active as a writer here. Since I’m… Continue reading Finding Footing in a Community College
Today was my last first-day of school as a graduate student in Eastern Michigan University’s Written Communication MA Program. To be quite honest, it’s bittersweet. Yes, I’m excited to finish my current research project that deals with empowering student agency through self-advocacy practices. Yes, I’m excited to present at my university’s graduate student conference. Yes,… Continue reading Beginning of Semester (and year) Reflections