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From Conferences to Consulting

posted: 4.18.13 by Barclay Barrios

We use midterm conferences in our writing program—one on one time between teachers and each student.  Often these are moments to check in, see how things are going, warn a student in danger, or offer a student direction (or hope) for the rest of the semester.  More often, these feel like cursory affairs—students are all too often just to get them done and after sitting through 15 or 20 I think I am too.  (Fatigue happens.) [read more]

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e-Pages: When?

posted: 3.27.13 by Barclay Barrios

I had planned on colon-titling this post “Write!” but as it turns out the correct subtitle is “When?”  Specifically, “when” is the problem I faced in class this week, as in “when are students going to turn in this draft?” or “when are students going to show up for class today?”  Both of these are suddenly pressing problems, although I can’t say if it’s because of our local institutional quirks or simply the way writing classes work.  Hence, this post—part explication, part plea.

About half my students turned in a draft for this assignment.  I’m wavering between two hypotheses.  First, it’s midterm season.  Technically, for us, it’s just after midterms since we just had our spring break (early, yes, I know).  But there’s also a more general issue with this course.  As a spring section of our first semester writing course, it tends to have a very high fail rate, in part because many students taking the course weren’t able to pass it in the fall.

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Applying for a Grade

posted: 11.20.06 by Barclay Barrios

Give students a copy of the grading guidelines for the course and then have them review the section of the handbook on letters of application. For midterm conferences, ask each student to write a letter applying for a particular grade. Like a letter of application, the opening should make clear what grade they are applying for, and then the body should make it clear what their qualifications are, connecting their written work of the semester to the grading criteria.

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