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Chris Girman, Ph.D., J.D., is an assistant professor specializing in creative nonfiction for the Department of Literary Arts at Point Park University.  He is an immigration attorney and has taught middle school for several years. His latest work of creative nonfiction, “Wrestling Windmills,” appears in the anthology What I Didn’t Know: True Stories of Becoming a Teacher (2016).  

Activity: Refurbishing

I recently read a quotation by Janet Finch, who reminds writers, “You’re a writer and you have to invent it from scratch, all by...

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Post-It Notes Activity

This is a great first-day exercise used to create a sense of community as well as clarify questions or misconceptions about the course. It can also be used mid-semester as a check-in for the class.
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The Office Challenge

Office hours can feel long, laborious, and lonely when no one shows up, especially in the beginning of a semester. One way I've found to increase my students' use of office hours is to challenge them to meet with me. 

The Advice Column Two Ways–Part Two: First-Year Writing

My FYW classes include lessons on the rhetorical appeals, and Sugar offered me a concrete, easily-digested way of introducing these concepts in class.