This past year I’ve come across some invaluable resources that I use and refer to constantly in my studies. I invite you to explore these articles and websites, and share your thoughts with me on how these should be incorporated in a FYC classroom.
One of my main tenets of my teaching philosophy is that as teachers, we have a responsibility to instruct our students about how society – in this case, American society – works. My third blog post discusses this more in length, but I want viewers of my website to read this article, which beautifully summarizes a teacher’s experience with validating and identifying different cultural experiences in the classroom.
As I’m beginning to collect outside articles on linguistics to act as supplemental materials for my class in the fall, I felt that this article by Walt Wolfram clearly states why sociolinguistics is important and how it can be applied in education. The Linguistic Society of America website is fully of valuable knowledge that I intend to utilize throughout my studies with composition and linguistics.
I was introduced to the Conference on College Composition and Communication earlier this semester when we were instructed to create a blog post analyzing position statements that we thought best reflected our stances and teaching philosophies. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in first year composition courses and the English education field at large to explore this website, particularly the position statements section, to understand what is current in composition pedagogy.
This is another invaluable source I’ve come across during my time as a Writing Center tutor and a teaching assistant. Owl Purdue is the most concise and current source of information for formatting papers in multiple different styles, including APA, MLA, and CMS. I plan to have my students in the fall use this source to help them understand the basics of in text citation, annotations, and document design.
This article is hands-down the best one I’ve read this entire semester. While James Berlin goes into a great deal of detail regarding different ideologies in rhetoric, the one that stood out most to me was social-epistemic rhetoric, a concept I’d never heard of before but felt most validation with. It was this article that spurred my call to action that teachers need to incorporate rhetoric in the writing classroom that touches on social justice.