Author Archives: profmmiranda

Online teaching: the good, the bad, the promise and the peril

Online classes are increasingly popular with students because of the untethering they offer from both classroom and campus and increasingly popular with administrations because $$$. What about the professors teaching these classes? What do they think and feel about this … Continue reading

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Visual Rhetoric, Visual Argument: Reading Images Responsibly by Rita S. Nezami

  “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.” – John Berger, Ways of Seeing   The power of visual rhetoric is monumental. An image can often have a greater impact on an audience than … Continue reading

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Motion + Creation + College Writing = Real-World Relevance: Jessica Hautsch & Writing Students Writing Grammar Skits

In what I hope is the first part of an eventually recurring series, we’re looking at an exercise created by a professor for the classroom. Today we’re talking to Jessica Hautsch, a writing professor at Stony Brook University, to discuss … Continue reading

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Writing class ==> writing minor ==> something BEaUtifull.

Body image issues plagued Shreeya Tuladhar much of her life, starting when she worked as a child model and intensifying after verbal abuse from classmates when her family moved from Nepal to New York. She’d skipped a grade and was … Continue reading

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“There Is No Yellow Brick Road,” by Sacha Kopp

My dad went to college, and he regaled me with memories of what he did and how the experiences he had shaped his future.  You’ve no doubt heard family members talk about this, and often we tell students how they need … Continue reading

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“Conversations on a Homecoming” by Pat Hanrahan

“Those who go feel not the pain of parting, it’s those who stay behind that suffer.” When I heard this Longfellow quotation on a recent episode of “Inspector Lewis,” and not from Sergeant Hathaway, either, I sat up and took … Continue reading

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15 Minutes With A Plagiarist, 13 Student Thoughts

Earlier this month, an email circulated regarding someone posting flyers in the writing department offering “writing services” for hire. The most conspicuous feature on the flyer is the giant “A+” that takes up the bottom third of the page, demonstrating … Continue reading

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The Effect of Foreign And Native Speakers In The Classroom

  One day after class last year two of my students, Sangmin Jeong and Eunjoo Lee, told me they wanted access to opportunities to improve their fluency as English speakers. The classroom was a space they developed their academic voice; … Continue reading

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Training Wheels . . .

. . . What a Writing Tutor Can Bring into the Classroom as a Writing Instructor Michael Reich There are many different approaches to both Teaching Writing and Tutoring Writing, but how do they intersect, where do they intersect, and finally, does … Continue reading

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Why are they so quiet? 

 by Liz Kotseas “Why are they so quiet?” is a common question from teachers who want to encourage English Language Learners (ELLs) to collaborate with peers or participate during class discussions.  I, too, wondered why some of my students in ESL … Continue reading

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