wp home > general info > blast 2010-11-19The Weekly Blast: November 19, 2010
EXERCISE OF THE WEEK
This week’s exercise is a possible TBA unit. In order to get the students to focus on the connections amongst process and content and intention and audience, Rachel Katz turns the tables on the students by asking them to design their own course. To see the full details of “Turning the Tables” click on:
IT’S A PROCESS TEACHING BLOG
What are you doing for Unit 4? Share your ideas on the Resource Center teaching blog at http://blogs.umass.edu/
JOINT PRACTICA MEETING on THE FINAL EXAM PERIOD– MONDAY NOVEMBER 22
Monday, November 22 will be a joint meeting of all members in English 698F (Professional Development), English 698G (Composition Theories & Pedagogies), English 698K (Working & Playing with Grammar), and English 698S (Teaching & Technology). First-Year TOs, teachers no longer in training, and lecturers are welcome to attend this joint meeting to discuss our new Final Exam period. The meeting will be held in Herter 205 from 4:00 - 4:55pm. Any questions please see Peggy.
TUESDAY WORKSHOP NOVEMBER 23
Pat Zukowski and Nick Sansone will be leading us in a discussion about our final unit—the Final Reflection. We will also be discussing the final exam period. As usual we will be meeting in Dickinson 112 at 11:15. Remember, this workshop is mandatory for all new TOs. All others are welcome. See you there.
HOW TO GET AN ANTHOLOGY RELEASE FORM
The forms you need to accompany papers you submit for the Anthology can be found on the Writing Program Web site at http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/forms/anthologyform.pdf.
Feel free to download as many forms as you need. You can also find them in an envelope above the Anthology submission box in the 305 Bartlett. I highly recommend you do not leave the task of getting a form to students. Bring forms to class and have student(s) stay after for a couple of minutes to fill out the form.
DIVERSITY ON TAP REAPPEARS!
The exciting discussions and camaraderie continue! New Day, New Time!
Celebrate your upcoming weekend and discuss the relevance diversity plays in our teaching, our writing, and living. Drop in any week for discussion, collaboration and fun with fellow Writing Program Teaching Associates. Every other Thursday in the downstairs bar of the Northampton Brewery.
Thursday November 18, 6:30 pm at the Northampton Brewery
Thursday December 2, 6:30 pm at the Northampton Brewery
Thursdays. Beer. Diversity, 6:30. Northampton.
REQUESTS FOR TRAVEL FUNDING
If you have been accepted to present a paper at an upcoming conference, please apply for funding (up to $300.00) through the English Department. Email Jenny Spencer (firstname.lastname@example.org) detailed information about the conference (name of conference, location, etc) as well as a copy of your acceptance. If additional travel funds are needed, please send an email to Heidi Terault (email@example.com).
End of semester course evaluations will be ready for pick up the week of November 29. I will let you know the exact date shortly. 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 Thursday, December 9.
DEADLINE FOR MAGAZINE PUBLICATION
Wednesday, December 1 is the deadline for requesting magazine publications at Print Services.
PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL CLASSES DURING THANKSGIVING WEEK
The University’s Thanksgiving recess begins AFTER the last class on Wednesday, November 24, and classes resume Monday morning, November 29. Please hold ALL regularly-scheduled classes during that week, the week before, and the week after. As we state in our Handbook, instructors should NEVER cancel class except for illness or emergency. If you have any questions about this, please let me know. – David Fleming
OFFICE CLOSED FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26
The Writing Program Office will be closed Friday, November 26. Paychecks will not be available for pick up until Monday, November 29.
CELEBRATION OF WRITING, SPR ‘11
Attention instructors! The Writing Program is already preparing for our annual Celebration of Writing Festival. Please consider participating in this event. Information about the celebration will be in your mailboxes Monday, 11/8. Our keynote speaker will be James Heflin, a UMass MFA graduate, musician, and Arts Editor for the Advocate. If you have any questions about the event please contact Peggy Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org or Heidi Terault at email@example.com. Feel free, also, to stop by their offices to discuss the celebration or the Best Text Contest.
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: WRITING TUTOR (GRADUATE), WRITING CENTER
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The university’s Writing Center has an opening for two graduate student writing tutors, whose appointments will begin in spring semester 2011. The Writing Center, housed in the UMass Amherst Learning Commons, is a place where students, faculty, and staff can talk with a knowledgeable writing tutor about writing-in-process. The new writing tutors will join a staff of over 40 undergraduate and graduate tutors, undergraduate tutor interns (who work for course credit), and administrative assistants. Graduate student tutors can work up to five hours per week and must be willing to work either a Sunday or evening shift; the pay rate for graduate student writing tutors is $19.10 per hour.
Applicants must be registered UMass Amherst graduate students during the 2010-2011 academic year. Required qualifications include coursework and/or teacher-training in composition pedagogy; experience tutoring or teaching college student writers; and a desire to participate in tutor workshops on composition pedagogy. Preference will be given to those applicants who have, more specifically, prepared for one-on-one writing education in a university course on composition pedagogy (e.g., English 329H) or an equivalent teacher practicum (e.g., the Writing Program’s practicum on individualized conferencing with students).
To apply, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 29, 2010: (1) a letter of interest that discusses your interest in writing education and your relevant experience, (2) a curriculum vita, and (3) the name and email address of a course director or professor who can speak to your potential as a writing tutor. Select applicants will be invited to an interview in the first and second weeks of December.