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Chris Crutcher to Visit Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Public Library Hosts Visit by Author Chris Crutcher on Friday, March 11 Critically acclaimed author Chris Crutcher, of Spokane, Washington, will present an hour-long program in the Ryerson Auditorium at the Main Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11. The author will speak on “Turning Real Life into […]


This week in blogging

ED 331 Joel wrote a model reflection on a critical incident in his own teaching. What happens, he wondered, when student writing just isn’t up to snuff? Lis asked a different sort of question this week: how much emotion can teachers reveal? ENG 310 Rachel, Andrew, and Samantha all raised key questions about Christensen’s critical […]


Telephone Man Controversy

In case you haven’t been following the story, a Grand Rapids Public School teacher has recently been reassigned after reading “Telephone Man,” a short story by YA author Chris Crutcher, aloud to her middle school class. From a Grand Rapids Press Editorial by Susan Collins Thoms: Imagine you’re a middle-school teacher in a class full […]


New Teachers and Parents

An excerpt from a Time magazine cover story (February 21, 2005): Ask teachers about the best part of their job, and most will say how much they love working with kids. Ask them about the most demanding part, and they will say dealing with parents. In fact, a new student finds that of all the […]

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This Week in Blogging

ED 310 This week, I visited five TAs in their field placements. A quick reminder for those I observed: you should blog about the class I saw, using the classroom reflection format or something similar to it. Jared, for example, wrote about a critical incident that occured during my visit: students unexpectedly volunteered to read […]


Critical Pedagogy Resources

Critical Pedagogy on the Web offers a rich overview of the topic, including definitions of critical pedagogy, explanations of its theoretical variances, a glossary of its key terms, and links to other resources. Pictured here is Paulo Freire, the Brazilian educator whose Pedagogy of the Oppressed can be considered the manifesto of critical pedagogy. Contemporary […]


This Week in Blogging (Or, Who Cares About the Superbowl Anyway?)

Hi everyone. Here’s what happened this week in blogging, plus a few reminders and updates. 310 Andrew raised two interesting questions about classroom blogs: What about student privacy? And what about turning something that was cool into homework (see my post on “Gated Communities and Artificial Audiences” for a similar inquiry). Check out his answers […]


Writing a Classroom Reflection

Based on the guidelines from North Carolina Public Schools Select: What critical incident are you choosing to write about? Are there any associated artifacts to mention, such as homework assignments, recovered notes, or conversational snippets? Describe/Contextualize: This step involves a description of the circumstances, situation or issues related to the evidence or artifact. Who was […]


Gated Communities and Artificial Audiences

In “Moving to the Public: Weblogs in the Writing Classroom,” Lowe and Williams liken Blackboard to a “gated community,” an artificial rhetorical space that forces students write to the teacher instead of a larger audience. In contrast, they argue that the weblog–even when used in a classroom context–offers a real audience and consequently, promotes ownership. […]


Philosophy of Writing

As you work on your Philosophy revisions, use this space to post the questions and comments that you have about the assignment. The original assignment, also available in the 310 project descriptions (see portfolio), is as follows: While our ideas about writing are constantly changing, setting down our beliefs on paper should help us to […]


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