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Priorities

Blogging isn’t one of my Daily Big 3 today; in fact, it’s not even on my to-do list this week. And that spotlighted for me the larger problem: I rarely prioritize my own writing. So I guess you’re not solely to blame for almost ruining my writing. I often place a higher priority on tasks …

Still from Hanna movie, Cate Blanchett walking out of large structure shaped like wolf's mouth

Some Teachers are Bad

I had planned on blogging about something else this week. But then a conversation with one of the teenagers brought this phrase to mind: “Some teachers are bad.” Of course, when I think of that phrase, I hear it (in my head) in Cate Blanchett’s voice from Hanna – just how she says the line, …

Me standing at a podium with a book and marker in front of a whiteboard

I Can Only Do So Much

In a continuing effort to stop censoring myself, I’m about to go on a rant of sorts. So, before I do that, I feel the need to offer a disclaimer and toot my own horn a bit. Disclaimer/Own-Horn-Tooting: I love teaching. I really do. I wouldn’t keep accepting course assignments each semester if I didn’t …

Screenshot of the research article from AACU.org

Research Shows Writing Enhances Learning

Author’s note: I wrote the following essay as a part of a class I’m taking on feedback and assessment in online writing courses. However, I decided to share it here on the blog since many of my readers are writers and/or teachers. Enjoy! A team of distinguished writing professors and education researchers conducted a national …

Help for Students Creating Portfolio and Blog Websites

This semester, Henderson State University students in Basic English, Freshman English A and Freshman English B will be creating final digital portfolios in lieu of an end-of-semester exam. These portfolios must contain all writing from the semester as well as a new reflective essay detailing the student’s learning during the course. To encourage students to …

Sample Digital Portfolios

UA-Little Rock’s first-year writing curriculum includes an end-of-course final portfolio in lieu of a final exam. The following links are to actual portfolios created by students in Mrs. Williams’ classes. The students have given permission to Mrs. Williams’ to share their portfolios as examples for other students. For the Google Sites portfolios, you may be required …