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This site provides access in archival form to Bedford Bits, a multi-author weblog that provided instructors with teaching ideas from leading scholars, authors, and editors. The original Bedford Bits blog was created by Bedford/St. Martin’s to feature teaching tips from a range of contributors — Bedford/St. Martin’s authors, faculty from a number of institutions, adjuncts, and graduate students. The blog was edited and managed by Leah Rang and Karita dos Santos. The tips found on this site were published on its Bedford/St. Martin’s WordPress site between August 8, 2006 and July 10, 2015. On that day in July, Bits began publishing new posts in the Macmillan Community social networking platform, which can be found at bit.ly/bedbits.

While many Bits contributors have created accounts in the new location and continue to post new entries, not all could do so. To honor and preserve their contributions, Traci Gardner, a Bits contributor and online publishing leader, suggested that the WAC Clearinghouse archive the original Bits pieces. Nick Carbone led efforts to move the site. John Franzel, of Colorado State University Online, coded and configured the site so that it closely resembles the original site.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this site possible, including the following authors.

Barclay Barrios, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, blogs about the teaching process and his textbook, Emerging.

Jack Solomon, professor at California State University, provides assistance for teaching popular culture, in his aptly named blog: Teaching Popular Cultural Semiotics. His purpose is “to set down just what I think we are doing when we are teaching popular culture in our classrooms. To put it succinctly, we are teaching our students to understand the significance of everyday life.”

Traci Gardner, known as “tengrrl” on most networks, suggests innovative lesson plans and shares cool new Web sites that you can use in your classroom.

Jay Dolmage, of the University of Waterloo and co-author of How to Write Anything, posts  fun, inventive teaching strategies and activities. Watch a video of Jay discussing his blogging here.

Holly Pappas blogs about teaching first year composition in a community college setting  from her experiences at Bristol Community College.

The Pitt Instructors are composed of University of Pittsburgh professors and graduate students who contribute posts on teaching with Ways of Reading.

Elizabeth Wardle and Douglas Downs, of the University of Central Florida and Montana State University respectively, blog about teaching in the style of their co-authored book Writing about Writing. Their channel also hosts guest blogger graduate students, who bring their unique voices and teaching experiences to the blog.

Nedra Reynolds, professor at the University of Rhode Island, blogs about her experiences and discoveries while co-authoring The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing.

The Teaching Poetry blog features teaching tips and amusing—if not downright helpful—stories from poetry teachers across North America.

Gregory Zobel contributed adjunct-specific career and pedagogical advice culled from the WPA listserv. He left Bits in February of 2010.

Nick Carbone posts on teaching with technology.

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