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Some Things Never Get Old
Rob Jenkins offers some great advice to first-year composition students: "Writing is not a magical ability that some people just have and others just don’t. Writing is a skill, and like any other skill — playing the piano, learning a sport — it can be acquired through hard work and dedication. We’re not all going to write the Great American Novel, but anyone with at least average intelligence can learn to write reasonably well."
fyc  advice  pedagogy  students  fsty1313 
september 2011 by warnick
Are Research Papers a Waste of Time?
An interesting roundtable in the New York Times: "If research papers — or dissertations, for that matter — were to become a thing of the past, what would we lose in our pursuit of knowledge? Is there a better way to assess knowledge?"
nytimes  fyc  researchpaper  pedagogy  debate  fsty1313 
september 2011 by warnick
Better Student Writing Through Better Formative Assessments
A brief overview of a new study from the Carnegie Foundation and the Alliance for Excellent Education. Among the findings: "Feedback on writing, including how well you were learning a particular writing strategy, had a large positive effect on improving student writing. When teachers monitor students' success on writing and adjust instruction accordingly, student writing gets better. When kids assess their own writing, their writing gets better."
writing  pedagogy  fyc  feedback  assessment  fsty1313 
september 2011 by warnick
Orienting toward Composition
Alex Reid, on the grand enterprise known as first-year composition: "There is no definitive 'how to write.' In short, the goal of the course is to help students become better writers, but there is no definition of 'better,' there is no clear, general writing practice, and there is no set body of knowledge to impart."
composition  pedagogy  fyc  writing  fsty1313 
september 2011 by warnick
Were Colonial Americans More Literate than Americans Today?
Sanjoy Mahajan suggests that, as a society, we aren't as literate (or at least as well read) as we were in 1776. Several commenters challenge his claims with solid counterarguments.
literacy  america  history  thomaspaine  education  fsty1313 
september 2011 by warnick
Tips for Composing a Literacy Narrative
Some good suggestions for how to get started with writing a literacy narrative.
literacynarrative  daln  invention  fsty1313 
september 2011 by warnick
Goodbye, Cruel Word
Steven Poole, on WriteRoom and Scrivener: "[T]urning my MacBook into a kind of replica 1980s IBM machine, with the words glowing and hovering in an interstellar void, is liberating: as though I am composing the Platonic ideal of a text that might eventually take many different forms."
mac  software  writing  writeroom  scrivener  fsty1313 
september 2011 by warnick
Teaching to the Text Message
Andy Selsberg, in the New York Times: "I’m not suggesting that colleges eliminate long writing projects from English courses, but maybe we should save them for the second semester. Rewarding concision first will encourage students to be economical and innovative with language."
writing  fyc  pedagogy  fsty1313 
september 2011 by warnick
How to write faster
Michael Agger, in Slate: "Since writing is such a cognitively intense task, the key to becoming faster is to develop strategies to make writing literally less mind-blowing."
michaelagger  slate  writing  research  waw  fsty1313 
september 2011 by warnick
A nice review of Writing about Writing
Laurie McMillan: "WAW pedagogies take many forms, but in every manifestation, writing is featured not only as a means of learning and communicating, but also as a field of study, effectively resolving the recurring question of what content belongs in the composition classroom."
fyc  waw  fsty1313  bookreviews 
september 2011 by warnick
What to Write About (and What Not to) in Composition Class
"When you’re looking for a place to start writing in your composition classroom, then, think less about controversial topics and more about caring questions. The best questions come from a place of wanting to make life a little less difficult, for someone. They force us to rethink what we thought was obvious and ask us to come up with alternatives. Or, they bring to our attention what we never considered important and argue for its significance."
fyc  writing  research  fsty1313 
september 2011 by warnick

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