composition

This year we begin our spring testing with civics and economics - the course I teach. Since we test first, we have several weeks of classes left after testing. In hope of sparking each student's drive, I've invited them to undertake capstone projects in government, politics, economics, or career readiness. I've offered up some suggestions for planning and iterating projects, and I've put forth...
Usually when I teach a composition class, I create a syllabus that covers a range of essay genres or that explores methods of critical thinking. I structure the course so students write narratives, descriptions, arguments, and research projects. At the end of the class, I expect students to be able to use what they’ve learned in their future courses and in their professions. The problem is that...
I’ve been talking about connected learning for several weeks now, trying to define the model and think about how it might work in the college classroom. This week, I shared three specific activities that demonstrate what goes on in a Connected Learning project: The Harry Potter Alliance Virtual Community/Social Media Class YOUmedia at the Chicago Public Library All these examples focus on a text...
I am late in posting this I realize. But as a fundamentally visual reader, I continue to get distracted and excited every time I see this out of the corner of my eye in my Pinterest collection. I think it is so beautiful that I decided that I need to just stop and share it here.   This is a beautiful Pinterest board that Bud Hunt put together for a session we organized with several others...
A collaboratively made student production. Cheese is a short action film. It is discussed in detail in a chapter of a forthcoming book. 
roadtrip-nation.png Why did you become an educator? Who encouraged you to follow this passion? Was there a specific person in your life who helped you identify your calling? Many of you can probably name someone who inspired you when you were just starting out. Educators are fortunate in that we spend our entire childhoods surrounded by people who do what we...
Teaching ninth graders, instruction has been centered around themes of conflict as my class analyzes Romeo and Juliet. Essentially, the role of the seminal, ninth grade text, has shifted. No longer can students simply read and analyze Romeo and Juliet. Instead, it is not an option to include materials that exist outside of the original text; it is an imperative part of understanding the text. I’...
The following videos illustrate the accomplishments of several students whose deeply held beliefs and philosophies take shape through multimodes.  Eduardo, in his video entitled I Believe in Language, inserts the voices of others to make his point. Even though he makes some odd slide choices, he provides a vast array of images, film, slides, and sound to make us believe in the power of language...
How is the introduction of new technologies pushing NWP teachers & their students to rethink their fields and ways of composing?
This video captures the process of digital project creation in my English classroom.  My students blog on our social network, create films, podcasts, and other digital media, and ultimately share their final projects during end-of-project screenings.  

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