Category Archives: Fellows’ Corner

Writing Through Blocks

Students have many feelings about writing, from the whole range available to them. Many students have several feelings, ranging from intrigue to enjoyment to anxiety to fear. Sometimes it’s not even clear what feelings they’re having. In every class I … Continue reading

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Encouraging Effective Reading Strategies

In this post I would like to discuss some strategies for turning students into better, more active readers. By teaching our students how to engage deeply and actively with the texts they read, we are preparing them to be critical … Continue reading

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The Good Old-Fashioned Notebook

Scaffolding assignments are very helpful for guiding students toward completing a long essay, but what can students do more independently to keep the momentum going?  Well, the plain old way of carrying around a notebook to jot down ideas shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Feedback: What is it good for?

Everyone has experienced the visceral sensations of heart racing and stomach churning that accompany receiving a returned paper covered in red markings. It is perhaps no surprise that red, the color that instructors have historically selected to critique writing, has … Continue reading

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Join us in celebrating the WAC Digital Initiative Certification Launch next week Tuesday 11/14/2017!

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Revision

When my students ask me how they can improve their writing, my answer is almost always the same: revise. Young writers, inexperienced and impetuous, bristle at the thought of recasting what they have only just molded. What person devoid of … Continue reading

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At the crossroads, teaching the “Math-y” stuff to the self proclaimed non-math-y.

Hugo, my Colonial Literature of the Americas professor once introduced me to the class (I was a senior in a freshman class that I hadn’t come around to taking) as: “This is Pablo, you will find that as a Literature … Continue reading

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Strategies for Evaluating Student’s Work

“What will I gain from your class as a – insert non-social science – major?” As an ice-breaker, I end every first class of the semester by answering anonymous questions written on index cards. As an anthropology instructor for the … Continue reading

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How I learned to stop worrying and love statistics

I would like to propose a harmless exercise in fear-induction. Approach 5 people at random and ask them their feelings about or experiences with statistics. Observe the signs of visceral reaction. Note the rapid change of facial expression: the anxious … Continue reading

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Elements of WAC in Introductory Foreign Language Courses

It’s possible to see WAC elements in introductory foreign language courses. Three-quarters into the semester of a 101-level French course, pair up your students to write a dialogue such as the following: the two speakers discuss how they view certain … Continue reading

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