I’m more pleased than I was in, say, February. I know that I am struggling, but I also “get” the whole Rhet Comp approach way more than I did, which is to say, not a ton, but more, and I am liking what I am learning. Now, I see everything as rhetorical. It’s freaky, actually.
Genre has been interesting and has yielded some Good Writing. Nuts sitting in the back of the room in one of my sections have started to crack. A couple of audible gasps were emitted at various points when we read something so seamless we couldn’t tell “real” from “Memorex.” I feel the semester dribbling away time wise, though. My own learning curve happens along with theirs, and if I am to budget time well I need to be ahead of them, not with them. Translation: No time to finish genre analysis properly — heck, I did the thing backwards, making them write first and analyze second. I am now using the genre as a natural stepping stone to Inquiry. So far, it’s working. I am using a Graff, TheySay/ISay kind of approach. I have budgeted almost no time for multi modal. And, um, I am not sure how to explain to them exactly what goes into Unit 5.
Now that I write this, I guess things are pretty haywire. But.
On various micro levels, during those quick-to-pass discussion moments, metacognition and writing-as-process and writing we are doing about writing are fusing and the class jumps to a Level of Awareness way higher than you would expect from Comp 1. So hey ILive in the moment. And I feel that we are all doing something right.
I’m learning a lot from the example assignments you are all giving sharing during our PD and I thank you. I am a quick and early adopter.
I am also using some of the Reading awareness (reading as “invisible,” making it visible) I gleaned from Eileen Carillo (from the Summit last week). I am trying to make more transparent why I am assigning a reading.
Overall I still struggle with Reward — how to reward the students for making the kinds of linguistic moves I think are productive and trying to square that with what I think my Dept is expecting me to reward. But now maybe less so.