Category Archive: teaching composition

A Major Response

In a response to the Jerry Nelms criticisms (that I quoted on this blog yesterday) of his piece on, William Major writes: I simply offer a number of theories as to why… Continue reading

Errors in Expectation

Today, at, William Major, who teaches English at Hillyer College of the University of Hartford, offers a piece called “Teaching Composition: A Reconsideration.” It’s an odd article, considering what we know about… Continue reading

Looking Back to See

[I’ve also a post today on Free Exchange on Campus, “Thoughts for the New Year,” on faculty responsibility under the umbrella of “academic freedom.”] Sixty-six years ago, the Athenæum Press of Ginn and… Continue reading

Academic 2.0: Moving Web Skills into the Classroom

The following is the draft [updated 11/13/07, with thanks to Sherman Dorn and Time Barrow] for a talk I’ll be giving at 1:30 this Thursday, November 15, 2007, for a session at the… Continue reading

From Social Networking to Serious Learning

[This is the second blog diary in a series sparked by a teacher professional-development class that I taught, along with Marie Squerciati, at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in June. The first can be… Continue reading

“Fallacies” About Freshman Composition

Nan Miller’s “study” for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy presents six “fallacies” about freshman composition. I’d like to take this opportunity to comment on them: Fallacy 1: The purpose… Continue reading

No More "Writing Whores," Please!

A friend of mine, who teaches Journalism at a college some hours away from where I teach, recently invited a magazine writer to her class. “I’m a writing whore,” the visitor declared, “I… Continue reading