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March 24th, 2017

Combatting Otherness: Navigating Belonging Through Discourse Community Analysis

Freshman Isolation I’ve been teaching freshmen for 17 years now. The first ten of those were in high school; more […]

January 26th, 2017

Resistance and Comfort Zones

In my previous post, I set my intention to discover what students really want to discuss and explore with the work […]

January 11th, 2017

Finding What Students Really Care About

College classes are funny. Each school offers a variety of them, offering choice and diversity from which students select the […]

April 8th, 2016

From Mickey Mouse to Cigar City

This is my talk from the 2016 CCCC in Houston, Texas. It was part of the panel titled, “Demystifying the […]

November 12th, 2015

Trust and Listening to Students

Recently, I was the unquoted subject of a Chronicle article about students who are the compulsory, unpaid subjects of profitable corporate “plagiarism-detection” […]

May 29th, 2015

The Missing Link: Interventions for Enhancing Traditional Student Composition

This presentation (given at the 2015 Computers & Writing conference) examines the rhetorical gesture of hyperlinks, suggesting an intervention to develop students’ […]

January 23rd, 2015

The Question of “Can We…?”

My students have been asking a particular kind of question this semester, and I have mixed feelings about it. The […]

January 20th, 2015

Being a Problem Teacher

I’m used to worrying about details and treating a class meeting a bit like a performance. Working in theme parks […]

January 15th, 2015

Breaking Things: The Syllabus

This semester, my goal is to break things. As much as possible, really. I’m trying to see what makes the […]

December 7th, 2013

Publishing Student Work

In my Intro to Research classes, I wanted to find a way to make student work mean more than just […]

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