Not the Duel of Dual-Enrollment, But Some Observations

This semester, Itawamba Community College has several duel-enrolled classes on high school campuses. I don’t want to debate whether or not dual-enrollment is good or evil, but this week I’ve found myself examining my knowledge of dual-enrolled students. My exploration is prompted by one of my WC supervisors teaching a dual-enrolled class at a local high school. She seemed genuinely […]

Teachable Moments Revisited (When You Are the Person Your Student is Writing about . . . Incorrectly)

To prepare to write this blog post I thought I would read through some of last year’s entries. One post that stood out to me while reading was Jeanine Rauch’s post focused on teachable moments, and I thought that I would continue that thread from a different angle, especially after a recent summer teaching experience. As a writing teacher, I […]

Building Community in the Writing Classroom

Creating Community in a Writing Classroom   As the first day of school quickly approaches for us here at the University of Mississippi, I find myself trying to think my way through last year’s problems. One such problem was the issue of community in my classroom. Out of four sections, two bonded extremely well, while two did not. The two […]

On Embracing the Messiness of Writing

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something – anything – down on paper. A friend of mine says that the first draft is the down draft – you just get it down. The second draft is the up draft – you fix it up. You try to say what […]