wp home > general info > blast 2010-02-26The Weekly Blast: February 26, 2010
EXERCISE OF THE WEEK:
To enable students to practice close reading, to further their understanding of the rhetorical triangle, and to further widen their ideas of texts, David Bartone gives us “Reading the World—As a Writer—Non-Traditional Texts.: To see how to do this exercise in your class click on:
IT’S A PROCESS:
The January/February issue of The Atlantic has an article by Amanda Ripley entitled “What Makes a Great Teacher?” Although the article’s main focus is on research Teach for America conducted on elementary and secondary teachers, I think it raises interesting points for all of us in the teaching profession to consider. The link to the online article is posted under LINKS. Feel free to add your own thoughts about what makes a great teacher: http://blogs.umass.edu/pmwoods/
THE DIVERSITY ACTION GROUP:
The Diversity Action Group meets every other Monday (same week as Practica) at 5 PM in Bartlett 303. Drop in and join us for lively discussions on the teaching of Basic and College Writing!
MID TERM GRADE REPORTS:
The last day students can drop classes and receive a “W” is Tuesday, March 23. Since this date is after spring break it is important that you provide students feedback on their performance before they leave for break. Mid-Term Grade reports (D/F) are due in the office by Friday, March 12 if not sooner. You can print the form from our website or pick one up at the office. http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/downloads/DFform.pdf
TRAVEL MONEY FOR CONFERENCE PRESENTERS:
Once again we are offering limited funding for those of you presenting papers at CCCC in March or at other conferences related to the teaching of writing. Deadline to apply for funding is Friday, March 5. Please submit a request for travel funds to Heidi. The request should be accompanied by some proof that you are, indeed, presenting (not just attending [sorry]).
BEST TEXT CONTEST – DEADLINE APRIL 7:
The final deadline for the Writing Program’s Best Text Contest is April 7. This deadline is for students who are currently enrolled in Basic or College Writing and for students who took Basic of College Writing in Fall 2009. For more information see: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/studentwriting.html#contest.
LIBRARY TRAINING IN ENGLWRIT 112:
All College Writing instructors need to introduce their students to the research resources, print and electronic, available through UMass Libraries. This is a key part of Unit III: Adding to a Conversation. In the standard calendar for spring, we are recommending that you hold this meeting either right before or right after spring recess. For MWF sections, we’re suggesting sometime around Friday, March 12; for MW sections, Wednesday, March 10; and for TuTh sections, Tuesday, March 23. To learn more about the library visit, go to http://blogs.umass.edu/ugradlib/college-writing/ . This page will be updated by the librarians for spring semester; but you can click now on “Reserving a Library Instruction Classroom” and reserve a computer classroom there. We recommend that you do this as soon as possible so you’ll be sure to get a room when you want it and so you can include that date in the calendar you give your students.