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Blogging with my peeps: first-year problems

Excited to be back in the full swing of the spring semester. I spent the first day of classes completely full of jitters the whole day; funny how that doesn’t go away after 15 years of teaching. I have an amazing group of students in my jumbo first-year writing course: 88 freshmen who are a…

190 students pose for a group photo after attending the EOP Summer Bridge Orientation on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 
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#2NextPrez: Film from Students at Chico State

I spent the past few weeks working with my colleague, Dr. Tracy Butts, 19 cool writing mentors from our English Department, and 191 incoming freshmen at Chico State. The students are part of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) on our campus. Students spend two weeks living in the dorms– and as first generation college students–they are…

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Connected Learning: Creating the School Year We Want to Live In

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be asked to host the September 2015 Connected Learning.tv series: “Back to School: Creating the School Year We Want to Live In.” Below are the webinar archives, which bring together educators from 1st grade to college who discuss how they design classrooms that nurture kindness, support inquiry, develop student…

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WriteOn! May 6, 2014 (Now with Pictures!)

Here are pictures from our event. Thank you to the 280 students who shared their work! Join students from English as we celebrate the papers, films, websites, poems, Ignite talks, research, and other scholarly projects they have created this semester. Our flyer with more information can be found HERE. Tuesday, May 6, 2014: 2:00-5:30pm in…

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Featured Student Work

Students have created some stunning projects for our Reading Literature for Future Teachers class. Recently, they chose a young adult/children’s book author to study and then created multimodal projects representing the texts. Here are a few of my favorites: Morgan Minor filmed her dance group’s representation of being silenced, a powerful idea from the book…