Tagged with teaching writing

Goldilocks shat…

Goldilocks shat…

I love student errors like this one. Maybe because I am immature. But look at this–perfect use of there and their–but then a mishap in the spelling of S-A-T. But, oh, what a great mishap. So great it broke the chair. (Borrowed from Erica Miller, a friend I have known since kindergarten, who now teaches … Continue reading

Why We Write

Why We Write

The transition from teaching high school to teaching college is far more challenging than I anticipated, but the element that I find most challenging is the infrequency in which I see my students. Granted, this semester has been a bit like riding the Cyclone at Coney Island–a rickity-jerky century-old wooden roller coaster that leaves you … Continue reading

Writing Rountable & Argument Writing

Writing Rountable & Argument Writing

I have been doing an exercise that I dare say I actually created myself (which is surprising because it seems my best ideas are always those pilfered from others). I have used this exercise for a couple of years now with consistent success rates. It’s called a Writing Roundtable. The purpose of this exercise is … Continue reading

The Passive Voice & Zombies

The Passive Voice & Zombies

My students love the passive voice. It is frustrating trying to explain to them that nine times out of ten their idea could be better expressed in a plain and simple present or past tense conjugation of the same verb. Maddening. I am handing back second drafts of their “Who Am I as a Consumer?” … Continue reading

I Want to Be Mike Rose When I Grow Up

I Want to Be Mike Rose When I Grow Up

Way back in the Fall of 2001* I took a class at Brooklyn College towards my Masters in English Education called Advanced Theories and Practice of Composition. It was taught by Jessica Siegel, a past high school teacher turned professor and journalist, and it was–if I dare say this into the cybersphere–the ONLY practical class … Continue reading

Birthday Reflections

Today’s my birthday. I’m 38. I have always loved my birthday and felt like it was a big deal to make to the next year. It might make me sound like a morose little girl, but I distinctly remember turning 10 and feeling amazed that I had made it into double digits. I remember thinking, … Continue reading

Editing & Revision, Thoughts & Symbols

[NOTE: For this post, when I refer to editing I mean the proofreading of spelling, punctuation, indenting, etc. that can often be delivered from teacher to student via copyediting symbols (if they have been taught and practiced in class). When I say feedback, I am referring to the comments on content & organization that I–as … Continue reading

Writing Teachers Must Write

nulla dies sine linea (Never a day without a line) –Horace, 65-8 BC My goal this summer is to post once a day and to develop this site into something more substantial. We have been creating the RTP process at my college (That’s Reappointment, Tenure, & Promotion for anyone who doesn’t know. I can’t even … Continue reading

Memory Chain (Writing Exercise)

Memory Chain (Writing Exercise)

This semester I clawed and begged my way into a workshop with an organization called the New York City Writing Project. This organization focuses on how to teach writing to middle/high school students through a teacher-to-teacher dialogue and exploration of practices  and under the strong belief that in order to teach writing you need to … Continue reading