Pedagogy

Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing

Errors and Expectations is one of those books that I feel like I know really well (because it’s so strongly situated in the field) but had never read past the introduction. I was surprised to see how much of what Shaughnessy was saying about basic writing (BW) students was still relevant 35 years later—minus more…… Continue reading Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing

CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories

A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity

Once a way of thinking becomes so ingrained that no one bothers to question it, the most effective way to make it show up is to attempt the opposite argument that no one would even consider investigating. (10) Hawk begins his book with the claim that composition has misrepresented and reduced vitalism. Vitalism—“a set of…… Continue reading A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity

CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories

Composition in the University: Historical and Polemical Essays

It was useful to read Crowley after Berlin and interesting to see her whole argument in this collection of essays as opposed to the one chapter I had been assigned to read before this (“A Personal Essay on Freshman English,” which made her seem so extreme that it was difficult to even fathom her argument).…… Continue reading Composition in the University: Historical and Polemical Essays

Pedagogy

Multimodal “Craft” Workshop

Inspired by the workshop I attended at 4Cs, I knew I wanted to incorporate a multimodal workshop into my classroom during the last unit. In the last unit of our standard curriculum, we do a translation project that visually (and digitally) translates the final essay. It felt weird to put those constraints on the assignment, though, particularly because…… Continue reading Multimodal “Craft” Workshop

CCR 631: Contemporary Rhetorics

How the Internet Is Making Us “Stupid” One Meme at a Time

This afternoon at the 2013 SUNY Cow luncheon keynote, Richard Miller delivered a talk titled, “Who’s This For? Audience in the Classroom without Walls.” Among other things, Miller addressed the challenges of motivating students to be interested in the topics we assign (and even that they choose) within our composition classrooms—to be interested in anything.…… Continue reading How the Internet Is Making Us “Stupid” One Meme at a Time

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Evocative Objects Workshop #4c13

This morning, I attended the workshop “Evocative Objects: Re-imaging the Possibilities of Multimodal Composition led by Jody Shipka, Erin Anderson, Kerry Banazek, and Amber Buck. Here is the workshop’s pitch: The workshop challenges the common tendency to conflate multimodality with digital media in the larger field of composition. Indeed, when they are considered at all,…… Continue reading Evocative Objects Workshop #4c13