CCR 632: Comp Pedagogy

Critical Teaching & Everyday Life

In his preface to Critical Teaching & Everyday Life, Shor reflects on the relevance of his book as an introduction to critical pedagogy and how it impacted his future scholarship. In particular, he claims the book helped him communicate a dialogic pedagogy, which extended into Pedagogy for Liberation with the idea that classrooms can’t be…… Continue reading Critical Teaching & Everyday Life

CCR 632: Comp Pedagogy

The Activist WPA and a Skype Interview with Linda Adler-Kassner

I recently got the chance to read Linda Adler-Kassner’s The Activist WPA: Changing Stories about Writing and Writers. I have very little (read: no) background in WPA work, so it was nice to have the opportunity to read about a position that most writing instructors will hold at some point. What I enjoyed most about…… Continue reading The Activist WPA and a Skype Interview with Linda Adler-Kassner

CCR 632: Comp Pedagogy

Skype Interview with Jonathan Alexander

This is a quick follow-up to the post about Alexander’s book and some highlights from our class Skype session with him. “Our own subject position within the classroom has to be taken into consideration. … What does my own positioning allow me to see and allow me to reflect on that other people might find…… Continue reading Skype Interview with Jonathan Alexander

CCR 632: Comp Pedagogy · Pedagogy

Literacy, Sexuality, Pedagogy: Theory and Practice for Composition Studies

This week, we read Literacy, Sexuality, and Pedagogy: Theory and Practice for Composition Studies. I’ll be honest: I have a soft spot for Jonathan Alexander’s work, and I was really excited to read this book. It’s not a topic that I’m very familiar with—I’ve only heard sexuality discussed in terms of how the classroom is…… Continue reading Literacy, Sexuality, Pedagogy: Theory and Practice for Composition Studies

CCR 632: Comp Pedagogy

Skype Interview with Adam Banks

Adam Banks is a really smooth speaker, and we had a great discussion about community work, critically discussing race in the classroom, integrating useful technological practices, and how to make class spaces accessible. Here are some quick highlights: I see my main responsibility as helping my students to claim roles for themselves as intellectuals. To see…… Continue reading Skype Interview with Adam Banks

CCR 632: Comp Pedagogy · Rhetoric

Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground

Recently, I read Adam Banks’s Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground. According to Banks, this book’s project is not to answer either/or questions about technology, society’s development, and exclusion; instead, it traces the technologies used within the African American rhetorical tradition to unseat racism and exclusion based on technological practices (2). Very generally, then,…… Continue reading Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground

CCR 632: Comp Pedagogy

Skype Interview with Paula Mathieu

Paula Mathieu is the third person who has Skyped into our pedagogy class. We read Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition for class, which is a really well-crafted account of Paula’s experiences with service learning and community work. What I like best is how carefully she approaches the issue of service learning. She…… Continue reading Skype Interview with Paula Mathieu