English 634: Teaching Composition
Dr. Kim Jaxon
Office: Siskiyou 129
Office phone: 898-6468
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 2:00-4:00, Thursdays 2:00-3:00, and by appointment.
Email for sharing Google Docs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Composition is a graduate seminar designed to prepare participants for the teaching of writing at the college level. It is also applicable to future teachers of writing in other disciplines and at other grade levels. The course examines the history and purpose of teaching writing, especially the influence of first year composition on how writing has been taught.
Required Materials (Situated Learning is at the Wildcat Bookstore; the other texts you can order from your preferred book store or website)
- Lave, Jeanne and Etienne Wenger. Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation. (I ordered copies of this through the Wildcat store.)
- Reynolds, Nedra and Rich Rice. Portfolio Keeping: A Guide for Students. Bedford/St Martins, 2006.
- Reynolds, Nedra and Rich Rice. Portfolio Teaching: A Guide for Instructors. Bedford/St Martins, 2006.
- One book selected by your reading group in class (see Assignments). You can request your selection through inter-library loan, order through our campus bookstore or another bookstore of your choice.
- All other readings are available as pdf or links. Please download and bring on a laptop or print hardcopy.
- If you have a laptop, bring it to class.
Attendance and Class Participation. I expect us to be colleagues—professional educators—who are thinking through theories of literacy, learning and the teaching writing. My colleagues show up prepared and participate in conversations occurring in the field; I assume you will too.
Chico State Non-Discrimination Policy. According to the University Catalogue, the California State system does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, disability, race, color, or national origin. The CSU complies with both the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the American Disabilities Act (1990). If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodation for equal access to education and services at CSU, Chico, please talk with me or call Disability Support Services (x5959). For other concerns about discrimination or harassment, please talk with me, your advisor or department chair, or Student Judicial Affairs (x6897).
Getting Accounts: aka jumping into the deep end of technology use
These are the accounts you will need to set up and work with this semester. Take a deep breath if digital is not your thing. This class will be a safe, supportive space to try out new digital tools. I’ll help. You’ll be fine.
Our Course Website: http://www.kimjaxon.com/engl634
Join our site so you can participate as a blogger.
Google Docs: http://www.csuchico.edu/google
Most of your work in this course will be uploaded to or created in Google Docs. You will also give and receive feedback in Google Docs with me and your peers. You can access Google Docs and Google Sites from your Wildcat mail log in screen. You do NOT need a separate gmail account. If you already have a gmail account, you won’t get to Google Docs through that account; instead, we’ll be using Google Docs through your Chico State account.
Great insights and advice for collaborating with GoogleDocs from Hybrid Pedagogy: http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/Journal/files/10_Tips_for_Google_Docs.html
Many of us in the English 130 and 30 Program are on Twitter together. We use it to share current research and links; it is truly one of the ways I stay current in my field. This class should be a place to try it out to see if you like using it within a community of peers. Create an account with the link above. Then, start following drjaxon by going to: http://www.twitter.com/drjaxon . You will also follow each other once you create accounts. Twitter is a way for us to create community inside and outside of class. There are a ton of resources and professionals on twitter to follow. Here are a few to get you started:
Grade based on:
Posting to our course website (blog) 25%
Book Club & book trailer 15%
Syllabus Proposal 10%
Syllabus & Rationale 50%