Category Archives: Teaching Anecdotes

Coffee Seminar: A Cup of Life Lessons

Teaching and learning comes in many forms – in this anecdote, Stony Brook University Writing and Rhetoric’s Joe Labriola explains the scholarly value of his end of semester fresh pour over coffee seminar! The end of the semester is a … Continue reading

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Professional Skills: Speaking

by Steven Dube (Part one in a series of articles on developing professional skills in the writing classroom.) Initial Fears Jerry Seinfeld has a bit about public speaking in which he references “a study that said speaking in front of … Continue reading

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Traveling (to class) Tales

Join our Writing and Rhetoric Program’s faculty in our flash non-fiction narratives about the most daunting challenges we’ve overcome to make it to class – a creative collaboration featuring Carolyn Sofia, MaryAnn Duffy, and Joseph Labriola. “Commitment” – by Carolyn Sofia Twenty-five years ago I was … Continue reading

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Experiments In Transfer

by Steven Dube “I want my students to internalize the idea that they are not writing isolated essays in a writing class, but that they’re writers thinking through their choices, no matter what the context is.” 1. One common difficulty … Continue reading

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“The Island of Jiji” by Shyam Sharma

Join Shyam Sharma as he takes us on a riveting journey through the Ocean of Cross-Cultural Perspectives to the Island of Jiji! The first semester of my teaching in the United States, about a decade ago in Kentucky, one student … Continue reading

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Advanced(A) Placement(P) City

Joe Labriola, or Prof Labs, as his students call him, is a writer, editor, professor, etc. living the dream of insomniac nights chugging caffeine, grading papers, and writing fantasy/sci-fi/contemporary fiction novels. He writes both prose and poetry, and, sometimes, actually does semi-lucrative work like copy-editing. 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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The Class on Fire…

… Why I Taught The Hunger Games (in my college writing class) Becky Goldberg In the spring semester of 2012, in the first two writing classes that I taught as a lecturer and not a graduate student, I took a … Continue reading

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Common Core

 by Matthew Miranda “Common Standards, then, far from offering solutions, exacerbate the problem, making our schools more like the vast tracks of monocultural corn fields blanketing the Midwest, fields that produce corn syrup for the processed food industries. If we … Continue reading

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Writing Obstacles

by Gene Hammond My favorite thing about being Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric here is walking through the halls hearing the many one-on-one conversations spilling out of offices about writing, and seeing students sitting or standing or … Continue reading

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