Continuing our thoughts on the teacher-writer:

Forgive me for the late post, as I have just returned from the west coast.  For the last week I have been enveloped in the 2016 Digital Media & Learning Conference at the University of California-Irvine. This annual gathering is always a key moment in my professional growth.  I spent the time in engaging workshops, transformative meetings, inspired panels, and effervescent hallway conversations, as I have continued to hatch plans for new ways to explore the #connectedlearning work we all do together.  I look forward to sharing with you some of my conference takeaways tomorrow.

I want to thank Stephanie for an excellent presentation last week that got us thinking and talking about the teacher/writer identity:

Her slides were a useful summary of the reading, and they were able to spark some thoughtful conversation among all of you.

I am so pleased you were able to outline some shared goals for this class.  Remember to keep these ideas you have pinned down in the foremost of your mind as you move forward collectively with your consideration of your final project:

Pedagogy – instructional approaches that can be used in the classroom, whether in a college setting, writing centers or a K-12 classroom. How do we make students better reflective writers?

Understand what is writing theory and why it is important. Who are the key players in the field of writing, both in the past as well as currently?

To learn more about ourselves as writers and our identity. Where do we fit in within the field? How can we become better writers ourselves through this course?

To get an understanding of where the field is going and what the future of writing looks like (digital humanities) – How do we keep writing alive? How does it change in the digital era?

Look at writing from different perspectives thanks to the diverse population in the classroom.  How does writing help bridge gaps?

Sharpening your understanding of your audience.  What is your personal pathway to more authentic writing experiences?

For 10/10:

1.  Please read  Writing Comments on Student Papers by John Bean and Response to Writing by Beach & Friedrich.  MaryKate will be leading our conversation about these two readings.  Please blog your response/reflection to the readings, and remember to tweet your blog or any related material to our class hashtag is #WritingTheory.

2.  In the second half of class you will brainstorm some final project ideas based on the collective “wish list” you developed at the end of last class period.

See you all soon.  Looking forward to it,

Dr. Zamora

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