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Course Projects

Teaching Logs - Google Shared Folder

A series of written entries focused on teaching. Your teaching log will be hosted in a shared folder in Google Drive. Develop new entries and add comments to peers' teaching logs (when prompted) by accessing the shared folder (must be logged in to your Google account). Due weekly throughout the first two-thirds of the semester.

Responses - Canvas

A "Response" threaded discussion will be set up each week for your participation in a conversational, double-entry dialogue that will feed into our class interactions concerning class-wide reading(s). The format of the response promotes specific interactions with the reading and with others in the course. No later than Monday night at midnight EDT, you will select a short passage from the week's assigned reading, then write through (i.e., interpret) the passage as a way of expressing some sort of response. There are four different kinds of responses possible, and you must indicate which type of response you have made for each entry that responds to the assigned reading by including the two letter code in your entry: Question (QU), Connection (CX), Breakdown (BD), and Paraphrase (PR). Due eight times throughout the semester out of 10 oppotunities.

Lesson Plan/Doc Gallery - Google Shared Folder+FYWP Doc Gallery

Develop a document (no more than two pages) that stands as a lesson plan, or that introduces an assignment, class activity, or aspect of a project. The document should include 1) an introduction, 2) a note about the class context and suggested timing in the semester, and 3) a list of at least three scholarly sources (e.g., articles, chapters, monographs, or websites; citations correctly formatted in APA or MLA) that orient the pedagogical considerations underpinning the lesson, assignment, activity, or project. A draft of the document is due in the Google Drive shared folder on Tuesday, November 8. The revised document, complete with items 1-3, should be uploaded to the FYWP Document Gallery no later than Tuesday, December 6, at the start of class. You will receive separate instructions by email for logging into the FYWP Blog and uploading the document.

Observation - Google Shared Folder

Begin by reviewing the observation report framing document in Google Drive. Working in pairs, 1) observe each other's class, 2) write a brief, descriptive report in a common Google Doc, and 3) drawing on the descriptive reports, tease out two or three issues in dialogue based on what you noticed happening in the classes. Thus, the observation report will consist of three sections: Observation I (A observed B), Observation II (B observed A), and Dialogue. Peer observations should be scheduled during the weeks of October 10-14 or 17-21. Observation sections I and II are due by October 25. The dialogue section is due by November 1.

WRTG121 Materials - Google Shared Folder

WRTG121 materials include a syllabus, schedule, and Project One assignment sheet for the Winter 2017 semester. Though materials may be subject to revisions before Wednesday, January 4, the collection should reflect careful planning and development. Include with the bundle of materials a reflective essay of approximately 3-4 pages that explains decisions you have made about WRTG121 and key insights from WRTG596 and from your first semester of teaching. Due to the Google Drive shared folder before our scheduled conference the week of December 12.

Teaching Philosophy - Google Shared Folder

Develop a philosophy statement that accounts for your approach to teaching writing. The statement must be between 600-750 words. It should introduce and briefly explain carefully selected principles, values, or priorities, and it should contextualize each of these with tangible examples. Prepare a draft of the document for peer and instructor feedback by Tuesday, November 22, by posting it in the Google Docs shared folder. Submit the revised version to the shared folder no later than Tuesday, December 13, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.


Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2020 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"It is our job as writers to create a context in which we can write, and it is our job as teachers of writing to create a context that is as appropriate for writing as the gym is for basketball" (228). Donald Murray, "First Silence, Then Paper," Fforum: Essays on Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing

"[W]hat we teach our students is a consequence of what we understand writing to be" (215). Mary Lou Odom, Michael Bernard-Donals, and Stephanie Kerschbaum, "Enacting Theory: The Practicum as the Site of Invention," Don't Call It That: The Composition Practicum

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