I remember when I gave my first CCCCs presentation, I was super excited and proud (and of course, nervous). I don’t remember the details, but I do remember that I talked a lot about “community.” When Paul Heilker took me to lunch afterwards to recruit me for the PhD program at Virginia Tech, he gently … Continue reading Fuzzy Feelings, Fuzzy Concepts: On “Inclusive Excellence”
So many class discussions could become an improved learning experience for students with a little more guidance from the instructor. That assessment is based on observing classes as a member of the University of Florida Graduate Student Teaching Awards Committee. I’ve been listening to class discussions in a wide range of disciplines – psychology, educational … Continue reading Improve class discussions with Bloom’s Taxonomy
This is a story, a my story, which leads to eight pointers about writing for publication. I’m currently writing a paper. Well, yes, always writing something. But right now it’s a paper. A paper designed to do some thinking work that will then inform a book. I’m not writing this paper by myself, but I … Continue reading writing for publication – finding an angle and an argument
There is a paradox to literacy in our contemporary societies. This generation – sometimes called digital natives – read and write more than any other in history; yet, they are also as adverse to writing activities as all others. Go ahead, and ask any student on any college campus when was the last time they … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Write in an Everyday Life?
To think that writing comes from genius or inspiration is to misrepresent writing and do a disservice to writing and dissuade writers from writing. I see the way that the “writer-as-genius” metaphor stops students at university from putting in the time and effort needed to accomplish writing.