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Beginning of Semester (and year) Reflections

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

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Walk Me Through It: Kinesthetic Approaches to Composition (WIDE-EMU Phase II)

A few weeks ago, I posted about the workshop I plan to lead at WIDE-EMU. Well, I’m back again with another phase II proposal, one for a “do” session on which I’m collaborating with my colleagues, Kelsey McLendon and Brianne Radke. Our upcoming session is entirely focused on incorporating movement into the writing process. We… Continue reading Walk Me Through It: Kinesthetic Approaches to Composition (WIDE-EMU Phase II)

Coursework Reflections · LING 504 · Musings

Prescriptive and Descriptive Grammar

Today’s linguistics class focused on the definition of grammar as a device that has an input/output that allows us to make sentences. We broke grammar down into prescriptive (grammar that results in ‘correct’ sentences) and descriptive (grammar that results in sentences patterns that are systematically practiced by groups of people). I want to use this space, however,… Continue reading Prescriptive and Descriptive Grammar

Coursework Reflections · LING 504 · Musings

LING 504: Initial Thoughts About Language

Before I get too far into my Modern English Grammar linguistics class, I want to reflect briefly on the following questions: What is language (what is a language)?  How would you define language?  (How would you define a specific language, like English?)  I spent considerable time reflecting on this question the other day, documenting my thoughts… Continue reading LING 504: Initial Thoughts About Language

Coursework Reflections · Musings

First Day Back in the Classroom: Fall 2016

Although classes started yesterday at EMU, today was my first day back in the classroom. At 8AM, no less. Despite not getting a whole lot of sleep, I have a good feeling about this semester. My WRTG 120 students were quiet, but that is to be expected on the first day, especially with an early morning… Continue reading First Day Back in the Classroom: Fall 2016