I teach Composition at NOVA’s Annandale campus, and this website is a place for you to find out information about me. Scroll down to read my blog below, or choose from the above links to see what I am teaching and/or working on this semester.
If you’re going to use Google, you might as well learn how to use it efficiently. This article and infographic does a nice job explaining and illustrating useful tips:
This book review points to the challenge of memoir: we often remember things differently than the people around us.
Image from “It’s a Lovely Life” FaceBook page
“I know, I know. I’ve probably lost you. Everyone hates essays” writes William Bradley in Utne Reader piece “Acquiring Empathy Through Essays.”
But just look at the title! Don’t we all need a little help in the empathy department? Would it help motivate student writers to create clearer, more precisely details works if they knew it would generate increased understanding of their position on subjects they care about from people they wish really cared? Yet another reason to revise the curriculum for “real life writing.”
Getting my mind focused on mobile apps for the upcoming Teaching Professor Technology Conference. I’ll be presenting there in 2 weeks!
I love the positive spin this TedTalks piece puts on today’s young adults.
Today is my first day back in the classroom. I’m so excited to meet my Wednesday Composition group! We are definitely going to talk about this list of challenges, and I hope by confronting possible pitfalls TODAY, we can find coping mechanisms for sidestepping them in the weeks to come.
This article proves a point I often make, which is that there are no right answers. I’m excited to add it to my introduction-to-research unit.
“Think essays are just something boring you write for class?” I love it when the Internet takes away all need to pull out my hair making decisions over what additional reading to recommend. This round-up of CNF essays was written just for my first semester Comp students.
Today I stood at the head of a classroom, presenting information about NOVA’s Technology Applications Center to new adjuncts. This was a change of pace for me after teaching only online classes for the past academic year. I actually had to get dressed and leave the house to meet my class!
This fall I’ll be teaching 3 hybrid sections of Composition I (ENG 111), and I’m also the new Annandale campus Technology Applications Center (TAC) mentor, which means I’ll be working with faculty and staff on technology training. I’m excited about this new development because it means I’ll be working with faculty from all disciplines, not just English, and I’m always excited to help my colleagues, since collaboration often leads to new inspiration in my own courses.
I’m also getting ready to present at a technology teaching conference in October. I’ll be talking about mobile apps similarly to the sessions I gave at the VA Blackboard Users Conference at George Masson University last fall and the Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference (PUP) at NOVA last winter. The big difference is going to be location: this time I’m flying to Atlanta!
What a lot of running around this year will be.