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The Weekly Blast: April 2, 2010

TECH FELLOWS, 2010-2011:
Applications are now being accepted for the Writing Program’s Technology Fellows program for 2010-11. Technology Fellows are graduate TOs in the UMass Amherst First Year Writing program (Englwrit 111 or 112) who together engage questions about teaching writing with technology through academic reading, discussion, and hands-on play with technologies. Fellows meet in a small-group setting, under the leadership of the Tech Fellows co-directors, on the Mondays opposite Writing Program practica (i.e., every other week). Participation is for the entire academic year 2010-11. A small stipend accompanies the Fellowship; Tech Fellows share an office in Bart 303. If you’re interested, submit a letter of 1-2 paragraphs expressing your interest to David Fleming, Director of the Writing Program, Bartlett Hall 305, Amherst MA 01003. Email submission is fine: dfleming@english.umass.edu. The deadline for the letter is noon on Friday, April 16.


TECHNOLOGY FELLOWS PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION -- April 12, 2010
4-6pm, Bartlett 101:
Hand-picked from the ranks of 112 instructors each year, the Technology Fellows have been exploring the outer edges of technology and writing pedagogy since 2007. Their goal: design a unit that integrates technology in new and challenging ways in the writing
classroom. After several months of planning and teaching, the current Fellows would like to share what they have discovered with other teachers in The Writing Program. Come and join in a thoughtful discussion of their projects and outcomes. Information on becoming a Technology Fellow next year will also be distributed.

For more information on the current projects, please visit
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/techfellows.html



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


CELEBRATION OF WRITING: WORDS NEAR & FAR -- MAY 5, 2010:
Plans are under way for the Writing Program’s Celebration of Writing. The experimental writing classes promise to have great displays and readings. We are also looking forward to presentations from this year’s Technology Fellows. Several College Writing sections will also have displays. Henk Rossouw, former foreign correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education and current MFA student will be our keynote speaker. If you would like to display any of your students’ work from last semester or this current semester, please contact Peggy (pmwoods@acad.umass.edu).


EXERCISE OF THE WEEK:
Morgan Lynn brings us this week’s Exercise of the Week. “Developing Better Research Questions” is a great exercise that can help students dig deeper into their research anytime throughout the research process. To see the full details, click on: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html


IT’S A PROCESS:
There are conversations floating around out there. What are they and what to do when they come into the classroom? See what others are saying and share your thoughts on the Resource Center blog: http://blogs.umass.edu/pmwoods/


TEXTBOOK INFORMATION ON SPIRE:
You may be wondering how to handle the requests from UMass to post textbook prices on SPIRE for your courses. The Writing Program will be responsible for posting textbook information, including prices, on the website and attaching this information to all sections on SPIRE. You do not need to do this yourself.


COURSE EVALUATIONS:
Wow, I can’t believe I am posting this already! End of semester course evaluations will be ready for pick up on Friday April 16. 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 Tuesday, April 27.


DEADLINE FOR MAGAZINE PUBLICATION:
Friday, April 23 is the deadline for requesting magazine publications at Print Services.


WRITING CENTER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR TUTOR INTERNS:
We have begun accepting applications for undergraduate tutor interns for 2010-2011. Please tell your students about this great opportunity to learn more about writing and writing education. Interested students can find more information by visiting our website (http://www.umass.edu/writingcenter) and clicking on "Become a Tutor". If you have a student who is a strong writer and a thoughtful peer editor, please encourage them to apply. Applications are due April 10. Contact the Writing Center if you have any questions.


POTENTIAL GUEST SPEAKER:
Media expert and co-author of Beyond the Echo Chamber: ReShaping Politics Through Progressive Network Media, Tracy Van Slyke will be visiting our area during the week of April 12. She will be speaking at Food for Thought on 4/13 at 7:30pm. She is also willing to come to speak to sections of Basic Writing/College Writing. Below are links that discuss the book and her work. If you would like to have her speak to your class contact Peggy (pmwoods@acad.umass.edu).
About the book: http://www.beyondtheecho.net/about-the-book/
About the Authors: http://www.beyondtheecho.net/about/
An interview they did with GRITtv: http://bit.ly/bqNtVm


PAYCHECKS:
Since I have received a few inquiries about the date of the last paycheck I thought I would let everyone know that date is Friday, May 28.



 
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