d.r. has written 11 posts for WSU Teaching

Conversations Across the Sequence: 1020 & 3010 (Part II)

Erin Bell (GTA) wrote the following in response to Adrienne Janken’s (1020 Lecturer) initial query regarding connections between Eng 1020 & 3010. You can find the original post by clicking HERE. Update: Adrienne responded to Erin (meta!) – scroll down or click here Erin’s response: I find myself drawn to several aspects of Adrienne’s post, … Continue reading

Transactional Expectations?

The following was written by Derek Risse (GTA): This semester began, as most semesters begin, with expectations; expectations regarding what my students might learn across the course of the semester; expectations relating to what I might also learn. Presumably, my students came/come to the class with some similar and some (or perhaps many) different expectations. … Continue reading

Conversations Across the Sequence: 1020 & 3010

The following was written by Adrienne Jankens (1020 Lecturer): I’m going to jump off of one of the points from Karen and Luke’s conversation last month to explore my question. In their posts, Karen and Luke address, in part, whether we need to use the terminology of rhetoric when we discuss concepts of genre analysis … Continue reading

Conversations Across the Sequence: 1010 & 1020

Update (1/28): Karen’s response to Luke has been added to the end of this post This is the first in a series of question and response-style conversations from instructors teaching at different levels in the sequence. Karen Springsteen (1010 Lecturer) started the conversation with a query about how the work she’s doing in ENG 1010 … Continue reading

Diverse Dialects in the Classroom

The following post was written by Nabilah Khachab: This is my first semester teaching a college course. Previously, I had substituted for grades K-12. Although I have been in classrooms with diverse students, I never really had the opportunity to think about how I would teach students with diverse dialects because as a substitute, you … Continue reading

Teaching Reading in the Composition Classroom

The following post was co-authored by Clay Walker (1010 Lecturer) and LaToya Faulk (1020 Lecturer) Click HERE to download the file or continue reading below Teaching reading in the composition classroom can be challenging for a variety of reasons. First, we cannot easily access the internal processes of meaning making that take place when students read. … Continue reading

Grade Contracts: One Year In

In November 2012, Nicole Varty and I attended an NCTE session on grade contracts. The “progressive” in me wanted to check out alternative approaches to grading that put the emphasis on something other than “points.” The presenters, referencing Elbow and Danielowicz’s “A Unilateral Grading Contract to Improve Teaching and Learning” (2008), spoke about their implementation … Continue reading

Teaching Activity: Synecdoche Detroit, a Rhetorical Exercise

The following teaching activity was designed by Jared Grogan (1020 Lecturer): This semester I found one class-plan more valuable to return to than I had expected, finding it to be perhaps one of my all-time favorites in terms of how it creates a memorable moment and a bright signpost for students as they start work … Continue reading

Teaching Activity: Sentence Combining through Reflection – Participial Phrases

The following classroom exercise was designed by Adam Yerima (GTA): I have noticed that many students (no matter their linguistic background) have difficulty in connecting multiple ideas into a more refined sentence. In order to address this, I feel that an activity based on reducing extra sentences into phrases would be useful – assuming that … Continue reading

Reflecting on How We Talk About Transfer

What word, term, phrase, or concept helps you think about what it means to teach for transfer in ENG 1020 or across our sequence? Adrienne: Preparation for Future Learning, or PFL, is an integral term in my dissertation, because I am researching students’ ability to take knowledge from one assignment or experience in the course … Continue reading