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English 1101Co: First Day

Hi Everyone,

WELCOME!  Here are your First Day responsibilities:

  • Register for OpenLab and request membership to our course site
  • Create free New York Times account
  • Look around our course site  and explore the different tabs. This is our classroom for the semester. 
  • Check out Course Info, where our  WEEKLY SCHEDULE for classwork and homework lives.
  • Check out my introduction!  (profs insert video link). I’ll also walk through our course site so it’s clear how to participate in our class, and where to find everything you need. (profs insert video link)
  • Write your own Introduction post (be sure to categorize it as INTRODUCTIONS) by clicking on the + sign at the top of our site.  Say a little about yourself. Add a picture that means something to you, and explain why you chose it. Include one word that describes how you’re feeling about this course as we get started. Talk about your hopes, worries,  and any questions related to our class, college, and being an online student.
  • Fill out the technology and access survey BELOW
  • Fill out the Doodle poll on your availability to attend office hours ( profs include link to poll)
  • Check back in to see what your classmates are saying, and reply  to a couple of people.

We are all in this together! I look forward to meeting you and working with you.

Student Survey

Please tell me about the technology and working space that you have available to complete your coursework.  Feel free to share any additional information in the last question box. All responses are private.

Student Survey

  • Credits: This survey is based on a survey created by Maura Smale and Mariana Regalado.

Peer Mentor Info TBA

Sarah Paruolo supervises the Peer Mentor program. She will provide further info, but know that each one of our classes will be assigned a Peer Mentor.


Note that Peer Mentor is a CATEGORY rather than a page, which means that the Peer Mentor (who should be given access to your course) can post new info and then categorize it. All mentor posts will then be housed under the Peer Mentor tab.



Tutor: Margo Goldstein

Email: margogoldstein1@gmail.com

Days/Times: Flexible!  Email me whenever you need help or want to review a reading or writing assignment, and we will work out a time to speak on the phone or video chat.

About Me

I have taught English composition classes at New York City College of Technology for 14 years, including the class you are currently taking. I’ve also taught and tutored entering freshmen students for over 16 years and am absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to work with many of you this upcoming semester.

My approach is to make you aware of the various language conventions appropriate for college writing as well as more comfortable with the developing of ideas and the critical thinking, as well as editing process. I do not simply note and correct errors, but get you the student to open your eyes to the patterns in your own writing, so you can fix your own errors, as well as further develop your own ideas.

As a beginning student, the whole experience of entering a new college can be both exciting and intimidating, so I make it a priority to assist you in that transition as much as possible. I am not only interested in getting to know you as writers, but as people with special talents, interests, and backgrounds that enable me to get to know you better as well.  Building strong relationships with you and making you more comfortable with the idea that no one writes perfectly and that everyone has room for growth and improvement is a philosophy and pedagogy I follow strongly because building your self-confidence is the first step towards helping you grow as writers.

Hopefully, throughout the semester, you, as well as myself, can enjoy our journey together towards helping you adapt to college-level writing, as well as the role you will play as students and as future contributors to our country’s work force.

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