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On October 5-7, 2017, like-minded English educators will gather in St. Paul to share teaching strategies, assignment ideas, and classroom experiences at the annual TYCA-Midwest conference. This year our theme is “Cultivating Curiosity” and we want to know how you do this in your classrooms! Our conference focuses on writing, developmental English, and literature courses taught in the first two years of post-secondary education. This conference welcomes: Full and part-time instructors at community, technical and two-year colleges . Full and part-time instructors at four-year colleges who ...
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Want practical strategies to overcome the difficulties that make the work seem like work? So do we. The faculty of VCUs Department of Focused Inquiry and VCUs School of Education are thrilled to be hosting one of the first CCCCs Regional Summer Conferences. We see this one-day conference as a real opportunity to forge inter- and intra-institutional bonds with teachers and programs of Composition and Communications across the region. Our planning committee is comprised of faculty from Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, Virginia Union University, John Tyler Community College, and Reynolds College, among others. It is our ...
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To devote energy to their writing, children need to see it as empowering, as something that can change the world, as something theyll want to do throughout their lives. Patricia Dunn's post in Writers Who Care offers some important points for parents and teacher
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I ask how we create writing space in this blog post: Longing for Writing Space as an Early Career Researcher Professor
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Thirteen pairs of students stand face to face in our classroom, filling nearly all the open space between tables. There’s some shuffling of feet, soft chatter. I can’t tell who is more excited, me or the kids. “Three -- two -- one -- GO!” In slow motion, thirteen arms swing out to almost slap thirteen faces which react with varying levels of acted pain. I move around the room, checking progress and demonstrating how I might react to a kick in the shins or a punch to the belly. Gradually, we ramp up the speed until the blows are raining down amid the laughter of kids who can’t believe this is happening in their English class. ...
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Please share your experiences with operating on the dissertation monster to write journal articles in a comment on this blog post. I look forward to reading your stories. Operating on the Dissertation Behemoth for Academic Publishi
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Being a Student Again

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What is your journey as a teacher and a student? How do you encourage others to be life-long learners? Share your story in a comment on this blog post: Being a Student Again
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See my blog post about a great community event involving students, teachers, and parents together in writing: Students' Voices at the IWP Writing Palooza . Please share your ideas for more ways to join a community in education.
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Mine may be the only dinner table in America where family members engage in heated discussions about both Monty Python and the five paragraph essay on a regular basis. Monty Python? Lots of people have something to say about that. But the essay? Yeah, that’s my family. Even my sixth grade son, who has only written a single five paragraph essay, back in fifth grade, has an opinion on the matter, having heard his high school siblings (and me) rail against it for years. What’s my problem? Let me lay it out for you. The five paragraph essay is not even a real thing. Well, it is a real thing because children write them, but the whole concept is ridiculous. ...
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As I mentioned in my previous post , my students finished the year with a unit on blogging. It was a great opportunity to teach argumentation and the rhetorical situation. During this political season, I had no dearth of subject matter. Maybe because I’ve been hip deep in contentious subjects for six weeks, I have been drawn to stories of harmony and humanity. During my morning commute, two stories from NPR caught my ear. One was about a Tennessee solider named Roddie Edmond who was being awarded posthumously Israel’s "Righteous Among the Nations," the highest honor for non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II. ...
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Call for Submissions

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I would like to extend an invitation to you and your colleagues to consider submitting manuscripts to the NERAJ for spring 2016 issue. The journal welcomes manuscripts of interest to educators on a broad array of topics related to literacy and classroom practice. We also identify a theme for each issue (not limited to it). The spring 2016 theme is: Graphics and the Word. The description is below: Graphic literature has engaged teachers and students in eager discussions of new frontiers of reading. What is their influence on reading achievement and reading engagement? Is there reading after graphic novels? Are graphic novels considered literature? ...
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“It was probably in the best interest of all that you decided to leave.” In every profession, there’s the good news and the bad news. The critiques and the critics. During the summer of 2011, I self-published a book about my observational experiences as a high school English teacher at an urban high school in the suburbs of Metro Atlanta. Having always wanted to write a book (it was a bucket list item and everything), I’d previously been unsure of what to do with a surplus of writing I’d produced as the absurdities of my everyday life became more and more difficult to comprehend. Writing I’d forced upon myself as a means of both reflection ...
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The first student I remember coming into my class with no knowledge of English arrived in the early 1980s. I'll call her Laila. She had recently arrived in this country, the first of her siblings to follow their father to America. He had fled Afghanistan when the Soviets invaded, coming to this country as a refugee. He was able to get protected status, a green card, and then later sign for visas for all the rest of his family. They came one-by-one or in twos, secretly, across the Khyber Pass to Pakistan and then to India where they waited until they could get passage to America. Laila was the first of the siblings to attend school in the USA, and when I reunited ...
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Who's interested in getting together in DC?
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Call for Manuscripts

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ENGLISH IN TEXAS, VOLUME 45.1 (WINTER 2014) Theme: Critical Pedagogy Deadline: September 1, 2014 Critical literacy is the ability to actively read texts in a manner that promotes a deep understanding of power, inequality, and injustice in human relationships. It is a stance that encourages individuals to question the attitudes, values, and beliefs that are reflected in written texts. We encourage you to think about your choices of texts or media for the classroom. Do they support the dominant literacy canon and reinforce mainstream cultural norms? If so, have you addressed such biases within your own classroom? Have you ...
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A good book to read is Wake of the Wind by J. California Cooper
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See the original Discussion Post ​I was recently presented with this question: What do College Comp instructors want from incoming High School Graduates? I offered this answer but I would like to hear other answers to the same question constructed by other instructors of 1st year Composition. Please give it a moment and let's see if there is anything remotely resembling consensus among us before we begin the attacking of divergent positions. Reading by choice not by force While I cannot say what the appropriate mix of fiction to nonfiction is I can voice what I would like to see in my students when they walk through ...
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Mass customization has made its way back into the market in a big way. Whereas previously big brands have tried and failed to make it a profitable part of their business, it appears that technology and customers have finally caught up and allowed it to really take off. Customized products can help to create value for buyers and sellers alike, as demonstrated by big name brands such as Nike , Hallmark and M&M’s . Understanding Mass Customization Offering customized products to your customers will allow them the opportunity to become involved in the design process. You can offer your customers a basic ...
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Life is combination of happy and sad moments you need to happily accept what you have, if you keep running after what you do not have then it is not possible for you to stay happy in life. To understand true meaning of life you can read quotes about nursing and make yourself aware about motto of life. Parents are important part of your life they bring you in this world, they take care about every small and big requirement of your life, and they never hesitate in splurging their money for your education. In return you also have some responsibilities towards your parents. What if you are growing up, they are also growing ...
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