I think there is some momentum building now for our class as a whole. It was wonderful to start our discussion this week with some reflective freewriting while connecting with our own memories of how we learned to write, as well as how we were taught to write. I think this is an important reference point to keep in mind as we embark on the journey of considering theory & practice today (and how an understanding of writing has indeed evolved). I am also pleased that we had a chance to apprehend the formal field of Rhetoric & Composition in order to understand our own place in an ever growing field. Some key issues that reverberate for me based on our shared reading of Lauer’s ‘Rhetoric & Composition”:
-The complex relationship between reading & writing (?);
-The fact that in the past rhetoric and reasoning functioned at the center of civic culture (Consider the peril of our working democracy today….what role does reasoning play in civic discourse?);
-Does writing construct or merely transmit knowledge?;
-Is writing social or individual?;
-The disciplinary politics of writing – how writing is often understood as a teaching practice verses a research pursuit.
I have shared our notes from class on this site under the “Shared Resources and Collaborative Docs” page.
What is up for next week?
-Andaiye will take over the first half of our class time with her presentation and review of 1. Jaxon, Kim. “One Approach to Guiding Peer Response.” National Writing Project. March 26, 2009. (web). 2. Reflection in the Writing Classroom by Kathleen Blake Yancey.
-For your blog posts for next Monday, please write a response/reflection to those readings.
-Please remember to tweet if you feel inspired. Our class hashtag is #WritingTheory
-In the second half of class, we will will start to open up an initial discussion of what is possible for your shared project. We will both reflect together and brainstorm early possibilities. As we consider the gap between writing theory and writing practice throughout our semester, you should continue to fine tune your collective learning intentions and identify your preferred learning outcomes. Of course, theory is only at it’s best when it is realized in transformative practice. I hope we can keep our collective eye on this ball.
See you next week,