Choices: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly

Is personal choice inherent in everything that is taught and the manner in which it is taught? I am not a teacher; however, I believe that school districts require teachers to adhere to certain standards of instruction, even though they may be hampering to students and teachers alike (See Wiley’s “The Popularity of Formulaic WritingContinue reading “Choices: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly”

Octopus Knowledge: Gaining Understanding and Empathy

This is how Yancey’s “Writing Assessment in the Early Twenty-First Century” made me feel. There were many different threads (legs), yet they were all wriggling against each other and confusing at times. However, they were tied to once central idea (head): making sure that students and teachers are being properly assessed for the maximum growthContinue reading “Octopus Knowledge: Gaining Understanding and Empathy”

Cut me Some Slack: Risk and Fluidity in Writing

First, I have to preface this blog with a commentary on Carter’s laudatory remarks for Slacker (1990). In “Writer’s Block Just Happens to People,” he opines that the it is a “masterpiece of the mundane” and that “nothing happens and yet the film works” (102). It is certainly mundane and there is no plot. IContinue reading “Cut me Some Slack: Risk and Fluidity in Writing”

Writing is not Linear; Follow Your Passion

Stay tuned for my blog on this week’s readings. I just had to share my experience with Eva Lesko Natiello today at the Morristown Book Festival. She is the author of the brilliant thriller The Memory Box. I went to a talk about self-publishing that she led and she emphasized that we should JUST WRITEContinue reading “Writing is not Linear; Follow Your Passion”

The Triad: Student Writing, Teacher Commentary and Grading /Evaluation: Sommers, Bean and Elbow

#1 Bean’s “Comments on Students’ Papers” invites educators to “think different,” something that was not implemented in my elementary school education (Steve Jobs). The author invites the teacher to act as a coach to draw out the best writing from students who thought they were unable to create, therefore “enhancing their sense of dignity” (317).Continue reading “The Triad: Student Writing, Teacher Commentary and Grading /Evaluation: Sommers, Bean and Elbow”

Rhetoric and Composition/ Othering and Belonging

#1 Rhetoric and Composition (Lauer)  From    To   In her piece, Lauer argues that the teaching of strict composition is stifling and does not fit in with the reality of our interconnected world. The following explains a pedagogy that is stiff and highly formulaic:   From the mid-1960s, members of the emerging field ofContinue reading “Rhetoric and Composition/ Othering and Belonging”