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The Weekly Blast: November 20, 2009

COURSE EVALUATIONS
End of semester course evaluations will be ready for pick up Monday, November 30. Please remember that, unlike midterm evaluations, these evaluations are required. Directions for administering evaluations are on the envelope. Please read them carefully and convey the directions correctly to your students. Becky will (graciously and happily) answer any questions you have. These evaluations take 20-30 minutes for your students to complete and are best administered at the start of class. Course evaluations must be done by Friday, December 4.

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK
Landis Duffett brings us this week’s exercise. “An Ongian approach to analyzing audience” gives us a great way to enable the students to imagine and to develop a more concrete audience for any unit. To check out the full details click on: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html


TUESDAY WORKSHOP – NOVEMBER 24
Our next to the last workshop will be on the Final Reflection. Anne Herrington and Matt Weingast will be leading us in a discussion about the final assignment for College Writing on November 24, 2009 from 11:15-12:30 in Bartlett 125. Please remember that all workshops are mandatory for new TOs. All others are welcome.

IT’S A PROCESS: THOUGHTS ON TEACHING WRITING BLOG
TBA assignments! Private vs. Public education! Class Discussions! Check out these conversations on the Resource Center teaching blog at: http://blogs.umass.edu/pmwoods/

DEADLINE FOR MAGAZINE PUBLICATION
Wednesday, December 2 is the deadline for requesting magazine publications at Print Services.

MANDATORY MEETING FOR SPRING 2010 WRITING PROGRAM TOs: FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 11:30-2:15:
The date and time for the spring meeting of all Spring 2010 Basic and College Writing instructors has been set. We'll gather Friday, January 15, from 11:30 am to 2:15 pm in Bartlett 65. We will begin with a short general meeting of all instructors followed by a mini-conference, with break-out sessions led by TOs, on topics of interest to writing instructors and geared towards useful advice for spring teaching. Lunch will be served. This meeting is mandatory for all spring 2010 Writing Program instructors. Please note that spring classes begin Tuesday, January 19. Questions should be addressed to David Fleming at dfleming@english.umass.edu.


DIVERSITY ON TAP BREAKS FOR THANKSGIVING

The next On Tap will be on Friday December 4 at 4 PM at the ABC

Celebrate your upcoming weekend, a bit early, and discuss the relevance diversity plays in our teaching, our writing, and living.

We'll just rotate the brewery every week, but Fridays. Beer. 4(pm). Diversity

If you have any questions about Diversity on Tap or the Diversity Committee, feel free to ask any one of our committee members: Morgan Lynn, Anne Bello, A’Dora Phillips, Linh Dich, Natasha Azank, Sarah Stanley, Sarah D’Stair, and Christiane Beuermann.


REQUEST FOR ANNOTATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHIES
Madeline Baker, a library science graduate student from Simmons College, is conducting a research study focused on teacher training of library skills. For her research she is looking for samples of annotative bibliographies done in our College Writing classes. She is asking for 3-4 random samples with the names of the students blacked out. Student permission is not needed. If you are willing to submit a sample from your class you can copy them in the Writing Program using the office code and place them in the file folder Madeline has provided before Thanksgiving. If you have electronic versions you can email them directly to Madeline at Madeline.baker@simmons.edu. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Madeline. Thanks you!

ANTHOLOGY NEWS
The Anthology Committee is in need of more Unit II essays that reflect students’ responses to texts from our new book, Other Words. Please continue to drop off these texts in the Anthology File box. Also, regarding Unit III, we realize that it will take longer for you to check that citations are correct and that there is a Works Cited page done strictly according to MLA format. Nevertheless, please target those essays you think have promise as you read them so that we can get them as soon as is reasonably possible.

The committee sends its heartfelt thanks to all of you who are taking the time to submit papers and making sure that students revise these papers. – Pat Zukowski

FINAL CONFERENCE AND FINAL GRADES
Now that we are entering November we are starting to make our end-of-the-semester plans. As you make your plans be sure to keep in mind the following important dates for final conferences and final grades.

Final Conferences: The last requirement for ENGLWRIT 112 is the final conference. These final conferences are MANDATORY for the students and for you. Writing Program policy, which is an aspect of University policy, is that these conferences are to be held during final exam week (not during the reading period or during the last week of class). This semester, examination week runs Monday, December 14 through Saturday, December 19. Finals conferences can be held anytime during this week.

Final Grades: Final Grades MUST be submitted through SPIRE no later than Wednesday, December 30 at noon. We strongly encourage you to make sure you have access to your section on SPIRE before the deadline. We also strongly encourage that you complete your final grades and submit them in advance of this deadline.

Hard copies of your grades MUST, also, be submitted to the Writing Program Office by noon, Friday, December 18. If you have trouble meeting this deadline please see Becky or Heidi.

SPRING 2010 TEACHING SCHEDULES:
Teaching assignments for spring 2010 have been posted on the Writing Program’s web site http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/downloads/teachschedsp10.pdf


WRITING PROGRAM OFFICE CLOSED
The Writing Office will be closed Friday, November 27.


Have a nice holiday!



IMPORTANT DATES:

November 30 Student evaluations ready for pick up in the office

November 26 – 27 Thanksgiving break

December 4 Diversity on TAP

December 4 Course Evaluations due back in the office

December 14 – 19 Final Exam Week – Final Conferences

December 18 Hard Copy of Final Grades to Writing Program

December 30 Final Grades - LAST day to submit through Spire

January 15, 2010 General Meeting


 
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