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Sara Strasser
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Peer Mentors
One of the things that helped me get through my MA was having peer mentors. The program I was in didn't have assigned mentors, like the writer of tale 101, but there were two students in the cohort above us that seemed to take on that role themselves. It wa...
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There are no stupid questions?
In my mentor's class on Friday we were discussing causal arguments. As one of the activities for the day my mentor had the students come up with 'Why?' questions. The book we're using had suggested this as a method for choosing a topic for a cause-and-effec...
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Freshman Comp as Disaster Response
Recently, I started reading this article by James Pangborn called "Freshman Composition as Disaster Response." I haven't finished it, so I can't actually say if it's all that great, but the content is pretty interesting. In the article he compares the way F...
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Grading
We're getting into the time in the semester where my mentor is involving us in grading. Grading has to be my least favorite part of teaching. I like reading students' papers. I'm always excited to see what they have done with the topics they have been worki...
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Mo' Money, Mo' Problems
Between our textbook review and having to order our books this week I have been doing a lot of thinking about composition textbooks. One of the biggest challenges for me is the price of textbooks. I have such a a hard time justifying the use of a textbook t...
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Just Let me Help You!
Tale 67 really struck a cord with me. My last university had a pretty low retention rate for undergads. We had a lot of commuter, nontraditional, and part-time students. The majority of the students were working at least one job, though I would estimate tha...
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A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Feedback Go Down
          A recent comment by my mentor last week has got me thinking about instructor feedback. She was handing back the first paper and she told the students that they shouldn't be frightened by the amount of writing that they saw on their papers. She did...
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Conferences
So this week is conference week in my mentor's class. I have a love/hate relationship with conferences. I love them because I feel like the students get a lot more feedback and are able to revise their papers better. I would love to do conferences for all m...
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The (Red) Pen is Mightier Than the Sword
Even though Tale 47 was probably one of the smallest tales that we've read, it is one of the tales that I relate to the most. I had such a hard time not starting with grammar when I started grading papers, especially since I wanted (and still due) to get th...
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