“I hate writing. I love having written.” ― Dorothy Parker

Nelson Discussion Questions by Claire and Keaton

1.     On page 413, what does Nelson mean when he calls students “true insiders” and teachers “naive outsiders”? Do you agree with his interpretation?   2.     Would you agree with the suggestion that instructors should position themselves as outsiders to the students interpretive practices? Would this theory make a difference in English 30?   3.    … Read more →

Leslie’s Discussion Prompts: “Collaboration Is Not Collaboration Is Not Collaboration”

1. Harris writes, “Faculty who recognize the value of such assistance from their colleagues tend to offer credit and graceful notes of appreciation in journal articles and books. Students, however, tend to downplay public recognition of informal collaboration, fearing that it somehow diminishes the effort expected of them.¨ (370). This quote makes me consider the feelings of students in both English… Read more →


“Writing centers do not and should not repeat the classroom experience and are not there to compensate for poor teaching, over- crowded classrooms, or lack of time for overburdened instructors to confer adequately with their students. Instead, writing centers provide another, very crucial aspect of what writers need-tutorial interaction (Harris, 27).” Why is important that writing centers do not repeat… Read more →

Discussion prompts: “Mutt genres” in the FYC classroom

Elizabeth Wardle,  “‘Mutt Genres’ and the Goal of FYC: Can We Help Students Write the Genres of the University?” Ifeoma’s and Joseph’s questions…   1.  Wardle’s article “Mutt Genres” mentioned that it is difficult “to teach people to write out of context” (768). As an ESL Center intern how is this statement relevant to your observations and position as a… Read more →