A few years ago, Susan Odgers, Michael Anderson, and I received an NMC Foundation Grant to run a writing workshop with local people who had in the past or were then currently experiencing homelessness. With the help of Ryan Hannon of Goodwill Street Outreach, my former student, we were introduced to people who would be… Continue Reading The Tables are Turned on the Teacher: Tales from Writing Workshop
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I have, in the past, asked ENG 112 students to research a debunked scientific theory or conspiracy theory that people still believe today. As they research, they must create a theory about why some folks to continue to hold that belief despite it being proven false. A former student whom I ran into outside of… Continue Reading “Your Conspiracy Theory Assignment Changed My Life”
Into the Arctic is a traveling exhibit that’s at the Dennos Museum until the end of the calendar year 2017. The exhibit provides incredible vistas of northern Canada painted en plein air under sometimes incredible conditions. In the videos that accompany the exhibit by Cory Trépanier — we see his family, his friends, his guides… Continue Reading Ekphrasis Into the Arctic at the Dennos
I read an article in the New York Times this week called “Kids, Would you Please Start Fighting?” and I was struck by the thesis of the piece, especially as it relates to argument writing courses. The author discusses how argument is the genesis for creativity, and laments the fact that people do not always… Continue Reading How Can I Get My Students to Start Fighting?
I’m coming to the time in the semester when I focus more on getting students to revise and edit their essays. After we finish our third major project, we will move into portfolio revision in the period after Thanksgiving. For this portfolio work, I ask students to revisit essays and projects they created earlier in… Continue Reading Addition and the Aggregate: Getting Students to Revise and Edit