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Hello everyone! I want to thank each of you for sharing your classroom experiences, ideas, and insights. Your posts have helped me reflect on my own teaching and have inspired me! And thank you Jim and curry for designing this sequence of activities. These discussions have enlarged my understanding of... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at writingwithmachines
Ah. Assigned readings. Jeez, if I had a dollar for every hour I have spent thinking about course readings . . . Over these past 20 (!!!) years, I’ve tried out many textbooks, and the one that has stuck the longest in my English 100 class is Models for Writers:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at writingwithmachines
Idea #1: “The inherently archival nature of the online environment should be used for learning. To this end, teachers should use the digital setting to rhetorically and metacognitively analyze their own learning/writing processes and progress” (qtd. in Warnock 166). One way I might apply this idea to my online teaching... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at writingwithmachines
I liked Tony’s point about exploration and allowing students to become “makers of knowledge" and “major players” in the course. While watching his video, though, I had one question—how much class time does the full sequence take? Here’s my fear: class ends, and we are not even close to meeting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at writingwithmachines
The principle LMS I imagine working with as an online instructor will be Canvas, mostly for the practical reason that its used by both of the schools where I teach. I’ve started to explore all the nooks and crannies of Canvas with the intention to harness its tools rather than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at writingwithmachines
Jim asked us to reflect on a few key principles of teaching composition that we hope to organize our online teaching around. For me, the first principle is that in order to write something worth reading, we must first think critically, and in order to think critically, we must read... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at writingwithmachines