What is a labor-based grading system and how will it produce a final course grade in a writing course?

This is a series of blogposts meant for students who are in courses using grading contracts of some kind to determine their final course grades, or those who just want to understand better what grades are, what they do in classrooms, and how they effect learning. This is the fourth post in a series of five blogposts meant to address…What … Continue reading What is a labor-based grading system and how will it produce a final course grade in a writing course?

Fuzzy Feelings, Fuzzy Concepts: On “Inclusive Excellence”

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”

A WPA Roundtable: Implementing Program-Wide Writing Studies-Based Composition Pedagogies

A WPA Roundtable: Implementing Program-Wide Writing Studies-Based Composition Pedagogies Abstract In this roundtable, five WPAs discuss how they implemented program-wide writing studies-based curricula, addressing concerns such as expertise, labor, resistance, and assessment. Introduction The history of so-called “writing about writing” approaches to teaching composition is well-documented (Downs and Wardle, “Teaching”; Wardle and Downs, “looking”; Bird, … Continue reading A WPA Roundtable: Implementing Program-Wide Writing Studies-Based Composition Pedagogies

Facilitating Online Peer Review

Today’s guest blogger is Tanya Rodrigue‌, an associate professor in English and coordinator of the Writing Intensive Curriculum Program at Salem State University in Massachusetts. The pandemic has thrown instructors into foreign teaching territory, prompting many to question how to employ familiar pedagogical practices in an online environment. While preparing to teach online for the first time last year,…Facilitating … Continue reading Facilitating Online Peer Review

Not White Supremacist Preparation, but Linguistic Reparations

So I woke up last night at about 1:30 am. I was dreaming about students, adults, and rooms, and a university. I was making arguments and talking with all these students, who were also writing teachers. They were leaving and coming into rooms. I was leaving and coming into rooms. Someone asked me about preparation, about…Not … Continue reading Not White Supremacist Preparation, but Linguistic Reparations

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