Tag: pedagogy

  • Becoming Comfortable With  “Failure” In The Writing Process

    Becoming Comfortable With “Failure” In The Writing Process

    The chapter that I selected to teach from Bad Ideas About Writing  (2017) in my first year composition class was “Failure Is Not An Option.” Allison D. Carr’s message in this chapter resonates with me both as a graduate student and teacher. When I was in middle and high school, I wasn’t concerned with failure…

  • Striving for a Pedagogy of Empowerment: Taking a Leap of Faith

    Striving for a Pedagogy of Empowerment: Taking a Leap of Faith

    Unlearning is not easy for all involved. It is a radical shift setting everyone a bit adrift on an unknown course. But, this kind of paradigmatic sea change is about transformation. Transformation is indeed a complex, energy requiring developmental process. Like all meaningful change, I suspect it cannot occur without some necessary discomfort. And, I…

  • What does student success look like?

    What does student success look like?

    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…

  • Students Say Multiple Connections Make Learning Better and More Fun

    Students Say Multiple Connections Make Learning Better and More Fun

    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…

  • Using 6-word-memoir Posters to Discuss Reading, Inspire Writing

    Using 6-word-memoir Posters to Discuss Reading, Inspire Writing

    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.…

  • Google Docs, Blackboard blogs, and class discussion

    Google Docs, Blackboard blogs, and class discussion

    I have been teaching online for several years and one class activity which I have continually struggled with is the way to host a productive asynchronous class discussion. I believe (and have personally experienced terrific synchronous online discussions) but asynchronous online discussions bring more baggage (impediments?) with them. Some of those impediments are shared with…

  • Using Badges to Assess a Class Community Assignment

    Using Badges to Assess a Class Community Assignment

    I just finished awarding my students their badges for our Community assignment and I wanted to share the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of my venture into gamification as opposed to grading. I originally shared my reasons for replacing grades with badges in my post “Community Building With Badges” which was sparked by Cathy Davidson’s description…

  • Why would a writing project site want to start a Writing Studio?

    Why would a writing project site want to start a Writing Studio?

    The Morehead Writing Project will present a double session about our new Writing Studio program at the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English Conference next week. I will lead off our panel discussion with my explanation of how and why our site decided to start a Writing Studio program and then three teachers and three preservice…

  • Teaching/Technology: On Digital Learning Day

    Teaching/Technology: On Digital Learning Day

    Today is Digital Learning Day. How are you celebrating? I have a confession to make. I had big plans once upon a time. I had visions of a huge collaborative community event that brought together teachers and students from Morehead State University (where I work) with teachers and students from the K-12 schools under the umbrella of Morehead…

  • The Potential of Participatory Culture & the Pedagogy of Poverty

    The Potential of Participatory Culture & the Pedagogy of Poverty

    “The teaching acts that constitute the core functions of urban teaching are: giving information, asking questions, giving directions, making assignments, monitoring seatwork, reviewing assignments, giving tests, reviewing tests, assigning homework, reviewing homework, settling disputes, punishing noncompliance, marking papers, and giving grades.” “In most urban schools, not performing these acts for most of each day would…