mostly for teggin & julie & lisa & PH…

29 11 2008

i so have them trained.

says A, in a reflective response about the class as a whole (they’re almost finished, and i wanted time to read their reflections) and themselves as writers in their presents and projected futures:

“Writing will be very important in the future. It will always be a way to communicate. Also in my job I will need to probably write up reports or memos etc. I can’t think of anything I need to learn. But in the future if I do need to learn something I will consult the Hacker.”

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10 responses

30 11 2008
jules_11

love the hacker. we don’t do handbooks here anymore (we did the harris, the penguin, etc., over the years), but no one can replace the hacker. ah, the hacker. now i just guide my students to her webpage.

2 12 2008
tyra

how can you not have a handbook? what IS that school coming to?!?

2 12 2008
jules_11

It’s time to live in this century–it’s all online, baby! I fully supported dropping the handbook; our students were paying $100 for the composition program handbook and the Penguin, plus whatever reader we were using. The average comp student spent $160 on books (which, I know, isn’t bad compared to say an engineering class, but English peeps care about this stuff). When stuff is online for free, I say use it–and that’s what they all use anyway.

2 12 2008
tyra

but do you have computers for them in your classrooms? because mine use theirs in class, almost daily–really, i almost never let them get through a day without having to refer to it for something–and i can’t imagine having to go back to just nagging about “would you please look that up” instead of saying “page 83 guys, look.”
(i’m all about saving money whenever possible too, but i would honestly rather drop readers & rhetorics than handbooks–it would be far more fruitful for me to send them home to read things i found online and then to have the book in hand to refine their ways of writing about it when they’re in my rooms with me!)
look how interesting we are. devotees of the same starting point and winging off at such different angles with what we’ve learned!

2 12 2008
jules_11

tech requires all students to have laptops now, so that’s not an issue. i also don’t refer to the book that often at all, until i teach research. then i do. i have so many worksheets that i’ve created over the years that i use them mostly. i like my own stuff šŸ™‚ and that’s all up on blackboard.
oh, how we’ve learned and continue to do so!

2 12 2008
jules_11

tech requires all students to have laptops now, so that’s not an issue. i also don’t refer to the book that often at all, until i teach research. then i do. i have so many worksheets that i’ve created over the years that i use them mostly. i like my own stuff šŸ™‚ and that’s all up on blackboard.
oh, how we’ve learned and continue to do so!

2 12 2008
tyra

but do you have computers for them in your classrooms? because mine use theirs in class, almost daily–really, i almost never let them get through a day without having to refer to it for something–and i can’t imagine having to go back to just nagging about “would you please look that up” instead of saying “page 83 guys, look.”
(i’m all about saving money whenever possible too, but i would honestly rather drop readers & rhetorics than handbooks–it would be far more fruitful for me to send them home to read things i found online and then to have the book in hand to refine their ways of writing about it when they’re in my rooms with me!)
look how interesting we are. devotees of the same starting point and winging off at such different angles with what we’ve learned!

2 12 2008
jules_11

It’s time to live in this century–it’s all online, baby! I fully supported dropping the handbook; our students were paying $100 for the composition program handbook and the Penguin, plus whatever reader we were using. The average comp student spent $160 on books (which, I know, isn’t bad compared to say an engineering class, but English peeps care about this stuff). When stuff is online for free, I say use it–and that’s what they all use anyway.

2 12 2008
tyra

how can you not have a handbook? what IS that school coming to?!?

30 11 2008
jules_11

love the hacker. we don’t do handbooks here anymore (we did the harris, the penguin, etc., over the years), but no one can replace the hacker. ah, the hacker. now i just guide my students to her webpage.

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