Excited for October

As I have been brainstorming and preparing for this year’s “Transition to College Writing,” I have been getting really excited, as I will be co-hosting two separate workshops. This will be my first time presenting. I attended the symposium last year (which was also my first year at UM), and I just knew that I wanted to be part of […]

Clearing Away the Junk

Lately, I’ve been cleaning: sorting, tossing, clearing out, making room. I’m trying to cut down on the visual noise that surrounds me so I can focus on things that really matter to me, like reading a book that was previously hidden under a pile of junk mail. As much as I appreciate the technologies my students bring into the classroom, […]

Do We Need Multimodality?

  When the Department for Writing and Rhetoric began revisiting and shaping the curriculum for the first-year writing courses in 2010, I was a bit apprehensive. This anxiety was due to the implementation of a new assignment – the multimodal. I distinctly remember a conversation we had in the first WRIT 101 curriculum committee in which a fellow instructor expressed […]