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“Grading: Hands On”: November, 2015

Wednesday and Thursday, November 11 and 12, 12:30-1:30 By popular request, we return to the perennial problem of grading, this time to compare notes. We’ll look at a sample essay together and give it a grade on the spot so

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“When Politics in the Classroom Get Weird”: October, 2015

Wednesday and Thursday, October 7 and 8, 12:30-1:30 A class discussion that is politically engaged ventures easily into minefields, where students raise questions and have disagreements that demand a response from the instructor, but the “right answer” is far from

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“Guiding Drafting”: November 2014

You know how you would write the essay you’ve just assigned – but how can you help your students transform their ideas and observations into engaging argumentative claims? How can you help them draft effectively, striking a good balance between

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Using Research in English 130: October 2014

As your students begin learning to write about literature, it can often be useful for them to incorporate criticism and other information important to the study of literature. However, this may be very different from research they’ve done in the

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Transitions to College Writing: September 2014

As you start to get to know the students in your 110 class, you might be wondering what kind of writing experience they have. We’ll discuss how high schools prepare writers, particularly in the time of Common Core State Standards,

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Boundaries, Professionalism, and the Teaching Persona: April 2014

In your first semesters of teaching, you probably learned a lot about the best ways to interact with your students to foster a classroom environment that feels comfortable and productive for all concerned. You probably also learned a thing or

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A Note from the Doctor: March 2014

How can we provide the most meaningful support to students whose academic success is hindered by their medical conditions, acute or chronic?   What kinds of accommodations should we make for students who become unable to participate in our class

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Encouraging Better Conversations: February 2014

There is a certain magic to a good class discussion, when students engage with their professors and each other to interpret texts more fully, think about literature more broadly, and envision the strong papers they’ll write.  There is also some

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Getting Ready for English 130: Writing About Literature in English: December 2013

Many of us will teach a new writing-in-the-discipline course in the spring, so we’ll spend our last workshop of the fall getting ready for it.  We’ll hear from the faculty who are teaching English 130 this semester, and we’ll articulate

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The Recitation Hour: November 2013

This workshop provides a forum to discuss the new recitation hour: How did you design yours, and what works best for you?  What would you do differently next time, and what questions remain for you about the ways that you

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Making the Most of Blogs: October 2013

When a blog works well, it provides a place where students can practice good habits of scholarly inquiry in conversation with each other.  In our second workshop, we’ll draw on the expertise of faculty who use blogs as an integral

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Integrating Class Discussion with Writing: September 2013

We hope to use every class period to help our students generate ideas for their essays and use them well—but we know that’s easier said than done.  We’ll start the semester by naming that goal and discussing ways to achieve

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English 110 Recitation Hour Workshop: May 2013

The Conference Hour in Theory and Practice:  In our final workshop, we’ll look ahead to next year, when every student in English 110 will also register for a conference hour.  To get ready, we’ll raise the logistical and pedagogical questions

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Multimodal Assignments Workshop: April 2013

Comp/Rhet 2.0, Teaching the Multimodal Essay:  In this workshop, we’ll discuss how and why to teach our students to create sound, video, and image essays. We’ll also discuss the impact of rapidly changing technologies on our pedagogy; the place of digital

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Teaching Writing in Literature Classes: March 2013

Teaching Writing in Literature Classes:  How do teachers of English 110 modify their methods when they begin teaching literature courses?  We’ll consider the ways that writing pedagogies help teachers of literary texts, noting that more of us will teach writing

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Reading and Writing Workshop: February 2013

Teaching Reading to Teach Writing:  We begin with a thesis: Writers learn the conventions of any new genre by learning to read it more attentively.  From that premise, we’ll ask how we can help our students become better readers of

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110 Recitation and English 130 Workshop: December 2012

Pathways, the New English 130, the English 110 Recitation Hour, and What’s to Come:  Our final meeting will discuss the new English 130, also known as the second-semester writing course mandated by Pathways. We’ll go over how this course differs

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English Language Learners Workshop: November 2012

English Language Learners at Queens College:  This week we’ll focus on working with English Language Learners in our writing classes (in both 110 and W sections.) We’ll go over the resources available to English Language Learners, and we’ll discuss our

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Freewriting Workshop: October 2012

Writing to Think, Writing to Read–Using Freewriting in the Classroom:  Operating on the premise that freewriting encourages intellectual engagement for students of all levels (and even for ourselves), during this workshop we will introduce some key concepts of writing-based teaching. We

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Discussion Workshop: September 2012

The Discussion Falls Flat–What do you do next?:  In this workshop we’ll discuss how to lead class discussions, what to do when discussions fall flat because students don’t participate, how to phrase questions that might lead to fruitful conversations, and

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November 2009 Workshop on the Library and Research

Scheduling a Library Session

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October 2009 Workshop on Grading and Responding

Grading Advice Sample Grading Rubric 1 Sample Grading Rubric 2

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