Teaching Without a Plan

Developmental Writing Tip: Teaching Without a Plan Teaching without a plan makes the classroom exciting and a little dangerous. In a good way. Dangerous because it’s a bit of a gamble. You never quite know for sure what will happen. Sometimes the house wins and you go back to your office and close the door,…

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 remind me why I teach. They apparently anticipated yesterday’s post, making it a good week to return to my teaching theme. You might remember last semester when I wrote about a new teaching experiment I…

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

Developmental Writing Tip: Experiments in Multimodal Composition This semester I’ve been doing a lot of experimentation in my freshmen writing classes. Mainly in the form of multimodal composition. I really want to challenge the boundaries of what it means to “compose” pieces of communication. The traditional written essay is fast fading–both with regard to student…

Attack of the Robot Graders!

Developmental Writing Tip: 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 already knew about computer grading. Nothing to see here. Keep moving. Still reading? Oh. Fine then. The article is about the new “e-rater” by the Educational Testing…