A great piece of advice for any writer is to read as much as possible. If one wants to write novels, reading great novels can act as a blueprint. Over the course of 300 pages, one can track character arcs, revel in striking imagery, follow intricate plot lines and so on. Even though great novels […]
Posts tagged Student Engagement
While the syllabus forms the foundation of a course, it doesn’t always reach it’s full potential. By nature, the syllabus is linear. The daily plans start at the beginning and work their way towards finals week. Other information starts with the basics and becomes more specific in both details and requirements. It makes sense to design […]
It can be difficult to engage students in critical thinking, but this activity helps students think outside the box and anticipate problems. I’ve found that it helps preface my argumentative essay assignment and provides a refreshing break from the norm during the semester as it incorporates individual and group work, with the winning team earning extra […]
Being teachers and instructors, we frequently include oral presentations into our syllabi. Unlike other group or individual activities, Power Point presentations on a particular content area seems to be the most loved one among university students. It is true that, due to the lack of presentation skills, the majority of students have many flaws […]
Those of us who teach Creative Writing usually have the luxury that our students actively choose to be in the class. When they come to office hours they can be greedy for reassurance, certainly, but also for personalized guidance. The instructor has an obligation not to give unrealistic expectations for the writing life or their […]
One of the areas of writing I teach is evaluation. Students learn that we make assessments based on quality, opposition, rankings or comparisons, and flexible evaluative criteria. This particular activity focuses on the evaluative element of quality. Ultimately, the goal is two-fold. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and evaluate their academic institution. […]
For fiction writers, provocation is part of the job description. The same should go for our teaching of fiction, especially with students who are just starting out. Unlike some other college courses, where passivity and routine help students stomach lectures, an ideal creative writing classroom is one in which students can expect to be challenged, […]
In our current, cultural landscape there are many divisive topics that individuals associate with while dismissing contrary perspectives. It is easy to disregard what someone else has to say when there is a gap in empathy and connectivity. The goal of this exercise, in dismantling, or “checking one’s privilege”, is to allow students to see what kind of advantages they may take for granted while overlooking some of the obstacles others may have to face on a daily basis.
Most of the activities and assignments in our classrooms revolve around writing and reading, but having students draw, sketch, or doodle can give them news ways to express and connect their thoughts, ideas, and concerns. In this artical you’ll find five ways to help students embrace their visual skills.
A common complaint of college instructors is how many of their students don’t come to office hours when they are struggling. As instructors, we appreciate how valuable this one-on-one time can be with students, but how can we make our office hours more inclusive, accessible, and welcoming? First, we need to acknowledge that announcing “come […]
There’s a lot of talk in teaching circles about feedback—how to give an appropriate amount that doesn’t overwhelm the student (or the teacher’s workload) and balances praise and constructive criticism. Finding praise is, of course, characterized by its very verb as the part where you have to strain yourself, what you include to soften the blow your critique.
I’ve taught multiple sections of composition over the years and without fail a majority (but not all) of my students have little interest in world news/events/culture. This lack of interest has made teaching Comp (or ENG) 102 difficult since the course focuses on researching and writing about world events (at least it has at the […]
A handout distributed in class that asks students to reflect on their actions as a developing professional and their participation in class. Participation is broken down into four different components so that students of all dispositions can reflect on their strengths. This activity pairs well with a Career Profile Assignment. Feature image […]
One of my favorite in-class activities is simple, easy to set up, and, most importantly, it involves Lego. I often use this in composition classes to illustrate the concept of writing as a process, but I’ve found that, with a few minor tweaks, it can be easily adapted to any variety of lessons or concepts. […]