I’m an Instructional Technologist at Smith College, and a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Short, focused discussions of key concepts or ideas can be a great way to support student learning when they’re working independently or at a distance.
Finding time to fit writing into my schedule can be a real challenge. While in the past I’ve relied on binge-writing to make it through important milestones, I’ve found that practicing sustainable writing habits has helped me make regular progress toward […]
Silences and occlusions represent ideological positions in the Writing Across the Curriculum movement. Several major professional associations have taken-up WAC through issuing position statements: NCTE, CCCC, CWPA, NWP, and INWAC. Presences and absences in this discourse suggest tensions embedded in […]
I work with a lot of instructors who use writing in their teaching. One of the challenges of teaching with writing is that without the right kinds of support, students might struggle to accomplish learning outcomes, get frustrated about the […]
Just because you’re teaching an online class doesn’t mean you can’t have students work and learn together. As I’m building an online class in preparation this summer, I’m also trying to plan activities that students can do in collaboration with […]
Who says that your syllabus should only be used on the first day of class? Perhaps it’s an issue of design. After getting some inspiration from a post on Creative Approaches to the Syllabus, I decided to undertake a full redesign […]
Making the transition from coursework to independent research can be a real challenge as a writer. Sometimes it helps to find other people to work with whether that be sharing a table at the library for a writing session, or setting up […]
A professional website can be a great way to share your work, network with potential colleagues, and get involved in new projects. This post offers a great step-by-step guide of how to build a website (including registering your own domain), and […]
This semester I tried to take a more collaborative approach to how students in my class approached the research process and found that they really got a lot out of working together.
As a writing instructor, I’ve picked up a few helpful strategies for giving feedback to student writers.
American television has had a long-standing fascination with the character of the witch. With a little wit, camp, and some low-budget special effects, these fantasy women negotiate the performance of gendered public personas (the housewife or teenage girl), seemingly at […]