Writing Thesis Statements as Enthymemes

By Jennifer Fletcher In my new book Writing Rhetorically, I share one of my favorite quotations from rhetoricians Edward P.J. Corbett and Rosa A. Eberly: “Reasoning, by itself, will not get the potatoes peeled” (1). It takes humans in communication with other humans to accomplish real work in the world. When we reason rhetorically, we … Continue reading Writing Thesis Statements as Enthymemes

Improve class discussions with Bloom’s Taxonomy

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

America draft – repost from Free Black Space

I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine. As ludicrous as it may sound, I made the statement Americans don't study. My friend's reply was what do you mean? what are all the doctor's, lawyers, and other folks doing around here? Point taken, obviously Americans do study. As a person who studied nationalism…America … Continue reading America draft – repost from Free Black Space

Thoughts on Activist Trending — Free Black Space (Powerful thinking! from Hoke Glover)

I’m totally amazed by the American trend towards activism. The country is divided as ever, and it seems the Right and Left camps are both committed to some version of it. Activism has become a verified legitimate brand, capable of producing revenue. If one can get it on their resume or be acknowledged as such,…Thoughts on … Continue reading Thoughts on Activist Trending — Free Black Space (Powerful thinking! from Hoke Glover)

The Liberal Arts by Themselves Will not Save Democracy, but Teaching Them More Effectively Might

In the banking concept of education, knowledge is a gift bestowed by those who consider themselves knowledgeable upon those whom they consider to know nothing. […] It is not surprising that the banking concept of education regards men as adaptable, manageable beings. The more students work at storing the deposits entrusted to them, the less … Continue reading The Liberal Arts by Themselves Will not Save Democracy, but Teaching Them More Effectively Might

To Learn the Truth, Read My Wikipedia Entry on Sichuan Peppers: Amid a pandemic and QAnon conspiracies, this librarian is focused on facts. (repost of a NYTimes Op-ed)

This is a link to the article "To Learn the Truth, Read my Wikipedia Entry on Sichuan Peppers" by Mary Mann, a librarian. This article provides a nice walk-through of the writing process in the context of Wikipedia. Worth a read for how people can write and the writing process as it applies to critical … Continue reading To Learn the Truth, Read My Wikipedia Entry on Sichuan Peppers: Amid a pandemic and QAnon conspiracies, this librarian is focused on facts. (repost of a NYTimes Op-ed)

Universities’ betrayal of online pedagogy during the pandemic

When instructors were suddenly pushed into online teaching last Spring, many online education experts predicted that the long term impact on online education as a whole would not be pretty. Some instructors who had never engaged in systematic online course development — either by choice or circumstances — suddenly discovered that they could, in a … Continue reading Universities’ betrayal of online pedagogy during the pandemic