Make Cycles

Our course is organized by “make cycles,” a term I borrow from Connected Learning. You can find the tasks for each cycle in the drop down menu above.

Google+ Community

We will share most of our work in a Google+ Community. We will upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links and “makes” here.

Heading to Spring Break: Reminders & Updates

Heading to Spring Break: Reminders & Updates

Hello nice people of English 333,

Moments ago, you should have received a grade update that takes us through to tonight’s Make (Compelling Arguments). I loved reading your insights into chapter 4 & 5; thank you! I appreciate how much all of you are noticing that there is a time and place for pushing and playing with structures and forms, editing and revising, and precision…but not as the first thing. The first thing with writing is to have something to say and someone to say it to: words on the page. Importantly, we should ask writers, even our most nascent writers, about their own composing practices before imposing ours on them. We do not need to teach every kind of writing as if it’s a five paragraph essay for a timed writing exam: that’s school writing, not the kind of writing done in the world. When you teach those structures, help students to notice that timed writing is a certain kind of thing, not THE way the write. Yep. Loved reading your responses.

Make Cycle 5 is up, but feel free to go on spring break and not think about it until you return. 😉 You have a response due March 30 on chapter 6, so plenty of time. I did go ahead and post it though because Make Cycle 5 is about multimodal composing and one option for the Make is to create your own website, perhaps your teaching portfolio. Some of you might find it fun to play with this over break when you have more time or fewer course assignments (I realize many of you have other jobs and/or are parents, so “more time” might not be a thing in your life). Here’s my short version of my website and my fuller version: two different sites that I use for different purposes. The shorter site is more like a virtual business card that I share when I give talks. It takes a long time to curate a digital identity as an educator and this Make Cycle invites you to get one started if you haven’t already. But there are other ideas for this cycle too….you don’t have to make a site. It is an invitation.

Make 4: Compelling Arguments Make is due tonight, but honestly, if you need until tomorrow night then that is fine too. I most likely won’t have a chance to do another grade update until after break…I have some writing deadlines of my own. Featured bloggersRebecca Barragan, Cheyenne Boles, Samone Burge, Adriana Cea, Hannah Hughes, Sean Gamer, Alma Lopez, Erin Russo–your blog is due when we return, the evening of March 26th. Sending earlier is great too, of course. See the previous email I sent y’all (subject line for email has YOUR TURN in it if you search) for instructions.

Appreciate the conversations we are having about teaching writing. Y’all rule. Hope you do, in fact, get some downtime next week.

Best, Kim


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