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Courses in "College Writing" should no more be about writing one does in College and nowhere else than courses in College Algebr

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 20, 2015 - 12:48pm

Courses in "College Writing" should no more be about writing one does in College and nowhere else than courses in College Algebra should be about algebra one does in college and nowhere else.



Submitted by John W. Pell on March 26, 2013 - 1:27pm

As usual, the 4Cs was one of the highlights of my academic year. Brilliant panels, thoughtful conversations in smoke-filled hallways—each brilliant idea punctuated with the chime of slot machines celebrating the interest paid on a five-cent wager. What struck me this year, though, were the myriad of discussions concerning MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and LMS (Learning Management Systems). Panel after panel seemed to touch on these issues in some way and the conversation continues on many of our professional listservs and discussion boards.


The Writing Revolution, or, Other Beatle's B-Sides

Submitted by John W. Pell on September 28, 2012 - 6:56pm

In its October issue, The Atlantic ran a series of articles about the current state of higher education. A couple of those pieces ruffled the feathers of many of us that teach writing, especially Peg Tyre’s article, “The Writing Revolution” ( The essay attempts to offer reasons behind the success of New Dorp High School’s writing initiative, a program credited with significantly raising levels of student achievement on standardized test meant to measure writing and critical thinking skills.


Interview with Kevin DiPirro

Submitted by John W. Pell on April 30, 2012 - 4:49pm

In January, CCC (re)launched its online journal. This issue, guest edited by Jenn Fishman, focused on the “turn to performance,” initiating a conversation about the ways in which writing and writing pedagogy always already contain within them elements of performative selves. Kevin DiPirro, who teaches in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, composed a multi-modal piece for this special issue. His piece “Devising/Revising Student-Centered Pedagogy,” is part essay, part documentary, and part autobiographical sketch.


Freshman Composition Unable to Teach Everything in 15 Weeks; Video at 11

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 22, 2012 - 9:44pm

From the Chronicle:

March 21, 2012
Freshman Composition Is Not Teaching Key Skills in Analysis, Researchers Argue
By Dan Berrett
Students in first-semester composition classes are routinely assigned to write a research paper, but this exercise rarely succeeds because they do not yet grasp how to analyze their sources, say the chief researchers of a multi-institutional study of college students' citations.


The Value of First Year Writing by John Duffy

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 16, 2012 - 6:20am
Virtuous Arguments
March 16, 2012 - 3:00am
By John Duffy


CCCarnival: Geoff Sirc's "Resisting Entropy"

Submitted by Jim Brown on March 1, 2012 - 9:00am

I thought the Blogora might be interested in a distributed blog conversation happening about Geoff Sirc's recently published College Composition and Communication review essay, "Resisting Entropy." This is a CCCarnival (a tradition that I think was started by either Collin Brooke or Derek Mueller...I can't remember which), but the idea is that bloggers respond to a piece in CCC. The organizer typically aggregates entries in one place.


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year....

Submitted by John W. Pell on December 2, 2011 - 1:54pm

For those of us who teach writing-intensive courses the end of the semester/quarter can certainly be exhausting and frustrating, but also incredibly rewarding. Last night, while returning to my office after a day of student conferences, I found myself making mental notes about the drafts I had been reading and discussing all day.


First things First

Submitted by Maxwell on September 8, 2010 - 3:08pm

Thank you for the wonderful welcome David. I truly appreciate the opportunity to explore my ideas and collaborate with the other bloggers and readers at the Blogora. I am in a fortunate place, engaging with some great minds in Rhetoric, but a place that I don't fully understand. I was accepted to a Rhetoric & Composition program housed in an English Department, now I'm blogging at the home of the RSA while immersing myself in the theory and practice of Composition pedagogy.