Pedagogy,Voice,Trauma,Healing for Final Project

Although I was absent last class session, I read through our workshop notes thoroughly. I will try to answer some of the Workshop #1 question here as well as give an idea of what I was thinking for the final project! 

I would like to say that my favorite idea that we have discussed in class definitely has to do with trauma with writing. I am not sure who covered that, I think it was Erik. As well as Voice and Healing. Those themes to me felt very relatable and not many individuals acknowledge the pedagogical trauma endured as students. There is a sense of personal trauma and pedagogical trauma that thrives in our voice when writing, and I feel like it is really crucial to be studied. 

Now to answer the learning outcomes that matter to me the most. Honestly, until this graduate course I never really thought about Feedback, Voice, and Trauma, all having a connection to one another. It is as if I have suppressed any pedagogical wounds, and it all connected once we started reading works by Nancy Sommers, Paulo Freier, and etc. The outcome from this project would be to bring more awareness to the pivotal development of students who have endured years of trauma from educators as well as dealing with their own personal trauma. 

To jump off of bringing more awareness, I was really moved and impressed by Fran’s approach to the project. I think writing a poem on our classmates’ fiction writing (whether its trauma or not) is an amazing way to connect deeper. As writers, we literally use words that portray genuine emotion and feelings. It is truly a powerful experience and ability. I can relate to Fran’s approach heavily. Although, maybe we can connect all kinds of trauma, meaning personal as well as pedagogical. I feel that many people who view our project and see the connections of what we went through as young students during a time where all of our trust was based on a teacher, would be eye opening. Maybe people and even other educators who view this project will realize how crucial and sensitive you have to be when dealing with a growing mind that just wants to achieve good grades. By sensitive I mean to be self aware about the damage one may cause when correcting a student on their writing harshly. Fran’s idea is very strong and I like the idea of getting super deep with my emotion to help others. 

What do you guys think?


A sincere thank you to both Tyler and Jonathan for your thoughtful work in presenting before and after the Thanksgiving break. What a perfect way to wrap our ENG 5020 Presentation Series. Both of your topics – “Linguistic Justice” and “Writing as Healing” are important, and they stand as critical themes for our overall thinking-about-writing work together. The two final themes for the course seemed a truly fitting way to wind down our “tour” of current writing theory. I also noticed that the these two themes seemed to be on your collective minds when starting to think about your group project! I do think that they might be impactful themes to work through when considering ‘next moves’ as a class.

Our class agenda slides:

The jump start to your final group project!

Enjoy friends, family, and food.

The FINAL GROUP PROJECT is purposely left open for your collective determination.  We began the process of exploring possible directions for this project with in-class workshopping. Please see the notes you generated here. This project should be fun, inspiring, and a time to connect further regarding your work and learning within the graduate program.  We will continue the work through writing reflections, in-class negotiations, and by building up to a consensus about what matters most to all of you as a small group.  Plan to be in “active workshop-mode” when we see each other next Monday night – and bring your creativity, imagination, and collaborative-spirit along. You can also bring along food if you like, and we will meet in either the KUWP office or CAS room 315 (…both spaces offer us the benefit of a big white board for active brainstorming together).

Your initial brainstorming together

The jump start of your brainstorming (Workshop #1) was held on 11/27, and this “Final Project” workshop document represents your ideas thus far. Many early thoughts (and your sense of shared values) for the group work surfaced last Monday. It seems you are all interested in creating something that might open up further growth for your professional journeys (a resume or CV builder, perhaps?). We will continue to use this document as a place to work through your collective ideas as you move forward with key decisions.

The goal for next Monday night is to come to a consensus and apprehend a clear plan (and production timeline) for the project by the close of class.  This is not an easy task, and you must all work at this.  This means that a significant amount of reflection on what you want to do must be done this week (as homework in the form of a reflective blog post).

Some key dates for the remainder of the class: 

11/27: Workshop #1 (second half of class)

12/4: Workshop #2 (entire class period)

12/11: Workshop #3 (entire class period)

12/18 : Final open class session for collaborative work on your group project (entire class period)

12/20: NO CLASS. Submission deadline for the group project and the completion our ENG 5020 work – Self-Assessment & Class Portfolios

Your to-do list for 12/4:

Your blog post for this week should be a description of your own identified goals for this project.  Please describe a project concept (or a few project concepts) that you have developed in order to realize the learning outcomes that are most meaningful to you.  In other words, please describe a few projects with as much detail as possible.  What do you want to make?  Why?  

  1. Post your Blog #13 based on the above instructions.  The more descriptive and detailed your blog post, the better.
  2. ***Read everyone else’s blog posts before class so you are familiar with your classmates’ ideas.

I will be reading everyone’s reflections before class as well and making a plan for how to proceed with our next step – a design charette.  In class (through discussion and negotiation) you will all eventually come to identify some sense of shared purpose.  From there you can make plans for how to realize that purpose in a specific project.  See you next Monday!

Ps. Let’s style these last couple of classes together as potluck work sessions …So bring something tasty to eat if you feel so inclined!