Tagged with teaching writing

This is my job

This is my job

I get a lot of questions from people about teaching community college. A lot. Most of my friends did not go to community college and they want to know what the differences are between it and a four-year school. A lot of people I know are literature and/or creative writing professors, and although my job … Continue reading

The Importance of Model Texts/Sample Papers

The Importance of Model Texts/Sample Papers

This fall semester I taught I class I designed called Ethnography of Education. In the class, the students learned sociological concepts/theories of education and ethnographic research skills. They created a simple research question, chose a research subject, and observed and interviewed their subject. They retrieved a document from their subject and/or related to their research … Continue reading

Gift from Trayvon

Gift from Trayvon

Trayvon Martin (Feb. 5, 1995 – Feb. 26, 2012) should have celebrated his 19th birthday today. Two years after his death, I find myself still thinking of him. I think about who he might be now (who was I at 19?), I think about his parents’ battle for justice, I think about the stupid insanity … Continue reading

Rest in Peace, Avonte.

Rest in Peace, Avonte.

This past October the entire city of New York was shaken up by a young boy who went missing. Avonte Oquendo, an autistic and non-verbal young man walked out of his high school and was never seen again. A rigorous search commenced to the likes of which I have never experienced during my 14+ years … Continue reading

The Importance of Pause & Self-Reflection

The Importance of Pause & Self-Reflection

Part of our first year experience curriculum includes self-reflection essays. During these essays, students are meant to pause–think–and write about what has happened to them as learners in the past 6 weeks, 12 weeks, etc. These are my FAVORITE essays to read because I learn a lot about how they see themselves, my class, our … Continue reading

Writing Anxiety

Writing Anxiety

After I attended two conferences back-to-back in late April/early May, my semester swirled around me like a fierce tornado until about a week ago when I was deposited back down on the ground, classes done, curricula written and re-written, loose ends tied up, and an overwhelming sense of relief and exhaustion from having survived my … Continue reading

Demystify Writing Complex Sentences

Demystify Writing Complex Sentences

Had the best teaching day today, so I have to share. My students writing is improving and I am proud of them. I don’t think I can take much credit for it because I feel they improved greatly during our Winter Term (when I didn’t teach them), but the essays I just graded were ions … Continue reading

Real Writing

Real Writing

Teaching writing is like cracking a code. There are no magic tricks, no simple formulas, one suggestion/solution does not work for all students at any point. Finding your ability to write is a weird, twisted, and strange journey of self-discovery. I can teach paragraphing, sentence structure, thesis formation until I fall over (and I probably … Continue reading

Outlining in Reverse

I HATE and have always HATED formal outlines. Outlines with Roman numerals, small letters, and that strict formulaic approach never seemed to match my writing. I felt squished when using those outlines as mandated in middle school and high school, and I scoffed at professors in college who suggested that my writing could benefit from … Continue reading

Write like a motherfucker.

Write like a motherfucker.

“Write like a motherfucker” is a quote from Cheryl Strayed’s book Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar. Dear Sugar is an advice column she wrote under the pen name of Sugar for the online literary journal The Rumpus. If you read this post of mine back at the end of … Continue reading