September 10: 999 Syllabus Review, Teaching Journals/Debrief, Scheduling Observations, Planning Ahead for 104
September 10 Homework: Complete class observation and journal entry. Read "Grading Has Always Made Writing Better" and "When Responding to Student Writing, More is Better." Journal Entry Prompt: After reading these two chapters, outline your response strategy. What are your priorities? What will you let go? What is the goal of your feedback to students? What should they do with the feedback? How will they know?
September 17: Teaching Journals, Debrief Observations, Class Experiences, and Reading Responses, Planning Ahead for 104
September 17 Homework: Prepare 3 Representative Samples of Proposals w/ Your Feedback; Read "Teaching Grammar Improves Writing" and "There is One Correct Way of Writing and Speaking" Journal Prompt: What bothers, excites, surprises, or confuses you in these readings? What do these readings mean for your writing response practices in WRT 104 and beyond?
September 24: Teaching Journal Debrief; Review Proposals and Feedback, Week 3, Planning Ahead for WRT 104
September 24 Homework: Prepare 3 Representative Samples of Level I submissions w/ Your Feedback; Read "The Traditional Research Paper is Best" and "Research Starts with a Thesis Statement." Journal Prompt: What is research writing? What are the hallmarks of "good" research writing? What are the habits and dispositions of research writing that we want our FYW students to practice? How do we encourage that practice?
October 1: Teaching Journal Debrief; Review Level 1 Feedback, Planning for NDOW, Planning Ahead for WRT 104
October 1 Homework: Prepare for Genoa and Stephanie's Observations; Read "Citing Sources is a Basic Skill Learned Early On" and "Excellent Academic Writing Must Be Serious"; Journal Prompt: What's the most entertaining or amusing piece of writing you've read this semester? Describe it and why you appreciated it. How did you permission this kind of writing either implicitly or explicitly in your classroom?
October 8: No Class
October 15: No Class, Schedule Individual Meetings with Genoa/Stephanie to Discuss Classroom Observations This Week
October 15 Homework: Prepare Prepare 3 Representative Samples of Level II submissions w/ Your Feedback
October 22: Debrief Teaching Journals, Review Level II Feedback, Preparing for National Day on Writing, Planning Ahead for 104
October 22 Homework: Prepare 3 Representative Samples of Level III submissions with your feedback; Read "Texting Ruins Students Grammar Skills" and "Texting Ruins Literacy Skills" Journal Prompt: Use a 50/50 (ish) combination of emojis and words, describe how your class is going this week. What can you use help with or advice on?
October 29: Teaching Journal Debrief; Review Level III feedback; NDOW Planning; Planning Ahead for 104
October 29 Homework: Prepare for NDOW on October 30; Read "Popular Culture is Killing Writing" and "African American Language is not Good English" Journal Prompt: Free Write!
November 5: Debrief Teaching Journals; Debrief NDOW; Planning Ahead for 104
November 5 Homework: Prepare for 2nd Observation of Classroom; Read "America is Facing a Literacy Crisis" and "First-Year Composition Prepares Students for Academic Writing." Journal Prompt: What is a Literacy Crisis? Who wins and who loses when we invoke a crisis mentality? What role has/does FYW play in manufacturing or responding to a perceived literacy crisis?
November 12: Teaching Journal Debrief; Reflecting on Teaching Observation, Round 2; Preparing Ahead for WRT 104
November 12 Homework: Read "Writers are Mythical, Magical, and Damaged" and "Failure is Not An Option." Journal Prompt: What are the common stereotypes about writers? How do these readings, your experience as a writer, and your experience as a teacher of writing challenge those stereotypes?
November 19: Debrief Teaching Journals; Planning Ahead for WRT 104
November 19 Homework: Read "Anyone Can Teach Writing" and "The Higher Education Crisis is a Labor Crisis" Journal Prompt: Free Write!
November 26: Debrief Teaching Journals; Planning Ahead for WRT 104
December 4: Teaching Journal Debrief; Returning to the Body (Biography); Planning ahead for WRT 104
December 4 Homework: Take stock of who you were as a teacher in late August and who you are as a teacher in early December. What has changed? What has stayed the same? What do you do really well as a teacher? What can you continue to improve upon? What teaching goals do you have for Spring 2020? How can Genoa and Stephanie help?
December 10: End-of-semester celebration! Ugly sweater party? Caroling in the halls? Cookie swap? Hot chocolate bar? Gift exchange? DIY: Making Bookish Gifts or Ornaments? Food or toy drive? Suggestions?
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