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Writing BY HAND

posted: 7.16.14 by Nedra Reynolds

At the end of my last post, I vowed to “spend some time this summer thinking about assignments or activities that will ask students to spend just a little more time in the deep end.”

The deep end, of course, requires actual swimming and not just floating, paddling, or splashing around. It has become challenging to engage students in complex texts (their own or others’) when their brains are becoming addicted to distractions, as Nicholas Carr discusses in The Shallows.

So what is a writing teacher to do? [read more]

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Teaching Writing from within The Shallows

posted: 5.21.14 by Nedra Reynolds

Last month I wrote about the time squeeze in the teaching of writing. What does it mean for the teaching of writing that there is “less time” (or at least the perception of less time) while there are also more competing demands on that time?  That question can be answered only if we also take into account the ways that our “plastic” brains are being molded by tools and technologies–as has always been the case. [read more]

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The Time Squeeze in the Teaching of Writing

posted: 4.16.14 by Nedra Reynolds

I find myself to be increasingly frustrated with how short semesters have become.  Where does the time go?  If writers need time, ownership, and response (Atwell), I can provide ownership and response, but I can’t give them much by way of time when so many cultural forces are conspiring to eat away at it.  [read more]

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Policies as Pedagogy?

posted: 2.26.14 by Nedra Reynolds

Since I’ve heard more than my share of grandmother excuses, I like what Traci Gardner had to say this week about her late work policy and how it’s going.  As I was reading her post, it struck me that we usually don’t see the making of a policy (so close to police) as either rhetorical or pedagogical work, but when the policies and guidelines we write (and revise, and revise again) enable our students’ best learning, I do think that they qualify as sound pedagogical practice. [read more]

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An Open House Instead

posted: 1.30.14 by Nedra Reynolds

Beginnings are important, including the kickoff to a new semester. Typically, as a new semester begins here, the 50+ instructors who teach WRT courses in our department all gather for a pre-semester meeting.  There is often ho-hum information to disseminate (“apply for your new parking permit” and the like), but we try to put that in a packet and use the time together to talk about teaching strategies or successes. [read more]

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Online Support Networks for Writers

posted: 11.15.13 by Nedra Reynolds

Leaves are flying off the trees, and darkness descends in the late afternoon, so it must be November.  A good month for NaNoWriMo!  Or maybe AcWriMo!  Which inspirational online support network is right for you?

Write-with-an-online-community movements have been growing apace and reaching out to a wider variety of writers.  [read more]

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Another Resource for Faculty: Book Reps

posted: 10.18.13 by Nedra Reynolds

In my own office on a campus where I’ve worked for 20+ years, I’ve met and talked with a number of “book reps,” which is by now a rather old-fashioned term.  Also, in all of my travels to talk about writing portfolios, I’ve met even more book reps:  they make many of the arrangements, pick me up at my hotel, transport me to the campus and the right room, and usually stay for my sessions, where it’s easy to tell that they have built relationships with the folks in the room.  [read more]

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In Praise of Paper

posted: 9.18.13 by Nedra Reynolds

For a few years now, the start of the semester has signaled a time to try a new tool or a different technology.  To inaugurate a new term, I have adopted new-to-me options on Sakai, have ordered software packages from publishing companies, or have experimented with apps and Web 2.0 sites to engage students.  [read more]

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Revisiting Reflection: Take 2 on Defining Reflective Writing

posted: 8.14.13 by Nedra Reynolds

As I prepare for a couple of professional development workshops coming up soon, I’m revisiting a question that has been bugging me for years:  what exactly do we mean by reflective writing?  I’ve taken one stab at this thorny question in a previous post, but I don’t think I got very far with it. [read more]

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Off to Production: Portfolio Teaching Third Edition

posted: 7.19.13 by Nedra Reynolds

I’m pleased to report that the third edition of Portfolio Teaching: A Guide for Instructors is in production and will be available in November.  A new resource for portfolio teachers and advisors, PT 3e targets those who are guiding portfolio keepers in all types of learning situations.

My co-author Elizabeth Davis of the University of Georgia has made significant contributions to this new edition based on her experience coordinating an interdisciplinary writing certificate program and her work with the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research [read more]

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