Summer Teaching 2018

Hi, all! I put together some teaching tips for Summer 2018 Writing Program instructors and Writing Consultants. Click the image below to be taken to the Prezi slides. Happy writing! Sara Advertisements

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Teacher Talk @ 2: Writing Across Borders

Following on the heels of the Teacher Talk at 2 featuring Dr. Jeff Drouin, who spoke with us about writing online, digital humanities, and grading online writing, this week’s Teacher Talk is online! Please watch the 30-minute documentary, “Writing across Borders,” from Oregon State University linked here. OSU describes the doc this way: Writing Across […]

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Hemingway Editor and Cliché Finder

Y’all! Please take note of these automated writing assistants that a Writing Instructor shared with me today. What I love about these is that they make you think about WHY you should change (or should consider changing) word choice and arrangement in specific sentences. Hemingway Editor —  check out the demo at the link, where they […]

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What a College Professor Does

Where there is a lack of information, people often fill in something negative. Perhaps this is out of fear or self-preservation. Not knowing can be uncomfortable, and humans dislike discomfort. We don’t know something and feel mental discomfort. We don’t like discomfort, so we feel even more discomfort. The cycle deepens. I actually like mental […]

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GUM: grammar, usage, and mechanics

I’ve been reading about grammar, usage, and mechanics today on the Writing Program Administrator listserv. Describing how and why we teach this sticky stuff takes up a lot of writing instructors’ time. What a perfect metaphor, right? Some days, we really step in it! Others, it’s a pleasing distraction or something to snap and pop about […]

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Audio Comments for Student Writing

I’m trying out a new tool for commenting on student writing: MS OneNote audio recording. I’ve used it to comment on a technical writing student’s instruction manual draft, and I’m waiting for her feedback. Will report back… TIPS: Make sure the room is quiet, fans are turned off, and you have a general idea of […]

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