Writing Theory & Practice
“Pass and Future Writing Processes.”
New century progresses to new lessons to learn. Scholars are weighing in on suggested changes on the teachings of writing. They have engaged in a " suggestive picture of large- scale changes on the discipline by looking at two volumes published twenty years apart, each designed to introduce novices to alternate ways to teach college writing" attempting to improve student's writing skills. It is totally clear that the “paradigm shift “is increasing the evaluation of the process. Most of the “scholarly bibliography surveys” can improve some students writing. Cultural studies is being promoted by many scholars. Although " most scholars who examine a CCS course ethnographically or narrate such a course of their own go out of their way to say the teachers are careful not to indoctrinate students. Students are "free" to write their papers from any perspective they choose. They have only to make a thoughtful case for their position" to earn passing grade. (Fulkerson)
I am a huge fan of expressionism it "places writers in the center, articulates it's theory, and develops its pedagogical by assigning highest value to the writer and her imaginative, psychological, social, and spiritual development and how that development influences individual consciousness and social behavior. Expressivist pedagogy employs freewriting, journal keeping, reflective writing, and small group dialogic collaborative response to foster a writer's aesthetic, cognitive, and moral development. Expressivist pedagogy encourages, even insist upon, a sense of writer presence even in research-based writing. This presence-"voice" or ethos whether explicit, implicit, or absent, function as a key evaluation criterion when Expressivist examine writing" I totally agree with Faulkner. Expressionism also engages the passion in the writer allowing them to reflect on their “greater self-awareness greater insight, increased creativity, or therapeutic clarification of some sort" resulting in great writing.
Great writers also need to consider their readers it “compels readers to listen seriously" encouraging them to read more of their writings.
The teachings of writing according to the teacher’s accumulative learnings. Student’s takeaways will be what they are comfortable with and agree will engage their students and freewriting skills. Although teachers will always encourage their process. All learnings has some benefits to some students.
Writing Theory & Practice
"Writing Comments on Students' Paper"
I am not a teacher. I have yet to experience the teachings of writing or having to comment on
student's paper. Although I have experience the feelings of being "apologetic and vulnerable" when
handing in my paper to a teacher to be graded. I totally agree with the students' reactions to their
teachers " necessary short" comments on their papers.
I agree with Bean's when he writes "to improve our techniques for commenting on our students'
papers then, we need to remember our purpose, which is to not point out everything wrong with the
paper but to facilitate improvement" when encouraging students. That purpose is not always
expressed by some educators. I also agree with his writing regarding "to point out what the writer is
doing well. Positive comments build confidence and make the writer want to try again" which will be
part of my teaching process. (Bean)
"Response to Writing"
A tracher's response is essential to the structure of most students final draft. Comments that "
suggest ways of making improvements ( Ferris, 2003). Second, they prefer comments that explain
why something is good or bad about their writing" to direct students in a comfortable direction. (Beach, 1989)
From a students point of view structure and direction encourages creativity.
To be given a writing assignment without any corrective comments on the first draft from the
educator leaves very little room for improvement and direction . I agree that some " students often
simply comply with what they perceive their teacher wants them to do in order to obtain a good
grade, although the teacher's suggestions may not help them improve their writing" suggesting their
lack of interest in being a writer. Fortunately peer review assist in correcting some concerns. Without
the educator's collaborative agreement on the first draft a student may become unsure of their final
Writing Theory & Practice
“Evaluating Future Writers”
Did I get it right? Is one of the questions most students ask when they request someone to review their writings? When we, the reviewers, review someone's paper " We do not know of any definitive way what constitutes thoughtful commentary or what effect, if any, our comments have on helping our students become more effective writers" as we evaluate what may be their best work. The first draft definitely needs commenting on because it gives assurance to directions and structure. Without it a student may not be sure if he comprehended the directions correctly. So they rely on comments to “create the motive for doing something different in the next draft" with permission. It also gives the student a choice of “which of these comments the students choose to use or to ignore when revising" their second draft or final paper. Encouraged comments are is important ”Without comments from readers, students assume that their writing has communicated their meaning and perceived no need for revising the substance of their text” and will turn in their paper with anxiety. Not confident of earning a good grade. I agree with Nancy Sommers when she writes " There seems to be among teachers an accepted, albeit unwritten canon for commenting on student texts. This uniform code of commands, requests, and pleadings demonstrates that the teacher holds a license for vagueness while the student is commanded to be specific" regarding their instructions.
Passion is our voice! I agree with Peter Elbow when he writes “Voice is an important dimension of text and we should pay lots of attention to it. Everybody has a real voice and can write with power. Writing with a strong voice is good writing. Sincere writing is good writing. My voice is my true self and my rhetorical power" and I will always write my truth. Part of my truth is "The goal of teaching writing is to develop the self" by increasing my personal growth. Common knowledge is “To learn to speak or write better, we need also to work on being a better person" as we increase our writing skills. Writing gives me a window to my soul and allows me to express myself. When I write I go on a journey to a peace place in my mind. I speak naturally which is why I think Peter makes a great point when writes “We can now see that a writer must disguise his art and give the impression of speaking naturally and not artificially. Naturalness is persuasive, artificially is the contrary; for our hearers are prejudiced and think we have some design against them" when we are only speaking our truth.
My idea for the group project is for everyone to write about a funny experience they had in college. I suggest that we post it on Facebook or twitter so other students can get a laugh when they are having a bad day. I think it will be great to lift someone's spirit when they are trying to increase their personal growth.