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Classroom Advice for a New Teacher

Developmental Writing Tip: Classroom Advice for a New Teacher All new teachers want to know what to expect. Maybe you

Teaching Short Stories in Writing Classes

Developmental Writing Tip: Teaching Short Stories in Writing Classes Last week, we talked about the benefits of teaching poetry in

Teaching Poetry in Literature-Based Writing Courses

Developmental Writing Tip: Teaching Poetry in Literature-Based Writing Courses This post on teaching poetry begins a four part series that

Teaching Without a Plan

Developmental Writing Tip: Teaching Without a Plan Teaching without a plan makes the classroom exciting and a little dangerous. In

This is Why I Teach

Developmental Writing Tip: This is Why I Teach Right on cue, my students have gone and done something awesome to

“Poetry is for Wusses” and Other Myths

Developmental Writing Tip: “Poetry is for Wusses” and Other Myths “I watch football every Sunday; I also love poetry.” I

How I Kept From Drowning in a Sea of Student Papers

Developmental Writing Tip: How I Kept From Drowning in a Sea of Student Papers As promised, here is the follow

The Most Offensive Word in a Composition Instructor’s Vocabulary

Grading. The very word makes teachers squirm. Writhe even. Especially English teachers. Let’s face it–grading 100 papers four times in

Experiments in Multimodal Composition: Going Beyond the Traditional Paper in Freshman Writing Classes

This semester I’ve been doing a lot of experimentation in my freshmen writing classes. Mainly in the form of multimodal

Attack of the Robot Graders!

Michael Winerip’s recent New York Times piece entitled “Facing a Robo-Grader? Just Keep Obfuscating Mellifluously” basically just confirms everything we