pedagogy

  As I look in the rear view mirror at this past semester, I marvel at the grand experiment of my #WritingRace class at Kean University that I blogged about as we embarked on our journey. I decided to take co-learning one step further. When I first met my fantastic group of graduate and undergraduate students for this course, I announced that they were in charge of their own...
leap-625.jpg   In a previous article written for my Digital Media & Learning Research Hub blog, “Striving for New Ways to Learn How to Learn,” I wrote about co-learning as the heart of the connected learning experience. We have heard quite a bit about the limits of the “sage on the stage” approach and the dawning of new affordances in teaching with the “...
I am suggesting that while the remark "English ain't relevant" may appear, on the surface, to be without substance, or maybe even crude, it actually is a remark which upon investigation raises fundamental questions about American society. To dismiss such a remark as wrongheaded is to ignore the likelihood that the makers of the remark know something about this America that is yet incomprehensible...
This weekend I delivered a session on flash fiction at the Write Eastern Kentucky Conference on the campus of Morehead State University and decided to share some of my plans here. While the length of most fiction is determined by the guidelines of the journal or magazine to which you plan to submit your work, a generally accepted word count for a traditional short story is 2000-8000 words while a...
One of the opportunities offered through PennGSE' was a graduate class focused on video games in/and education. Embedded in the class is an independent project on a video game of your choice and its implications upon learning. I felt it a perfect time to revisit a video game that had such a impact on youth culture during my time in high school: Grand Theft Auto Vice City. I fully understand and...
Keywords: writing pedagogy
The Writing Workshop is a time-honored tradition among writing teachers trained in National Writing Project methods as well as followers of Peter Elbow, Lucy Calkins, and Nancy Atwell. In a writing workshop, students are given the freedom to work at their own pace and have control over their own production schedule and often their topics (although usually some guidelines are provided)....
I have been pondering this question as I prepared my poster presentation for the Kentucky Student Success Summit. I have made no secret of how troubling I find our national, state, and local conversations about student success – perhaps my biggest concern begins with a definition of success. Far too many people, many who should know better, believe success can be, indeed should be, quantified and...
This semester I tried something new — midterm course evaluations. I was inspired by Profhacker’s numerous posts on this issue over the years including George Williams’ post asking instructors to consider giving midterm course evaluation and Meg Worley’s post about how to get the most from midterm course evaluations. There are good reasons to conduct midterm course evaluations, but as a reflective...
One way to become "crazy good at the internet" is to hang out with folks who live and breathe the web and all things digital. For the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to hang out with and share many conversations with one of my favorite "geeks," Patrick Berry. Patrick, a Library Technology Lead at Chico State, is a master at explaining complex techno-babel to educators who are...
Keywords: writing, teaching, pedagogy
My students are creating posters featuring six-word memoirs and artwork inspired by their reading to promote class discussion and their writing. At my institution our Writing II class is based on using a reader and it is intended for students to read, analyze, and evaluate diverse texts across disciplines in class discussions and in writing. The big problem is that students don’t want to read...

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