a) Three Reading Responses posted on our class blog. These should be substantial (400-500 word) responses to ideas from the week’s assigned readings. You don’t need to discuss every reading, and you should not summarize the readings. Instead, do things like: identify a conflict between two authors, present a question that builds on an author’s argument, or connect the readings to a real-world situation. These will follow a schedule to be made the first week of class, and are due Tuesday at midnight. Everyone in the class will then read these posts and leave a substantial comment (~100 words) on at least two of them by Wednesday at midnight. On Thursday, one of the posters will present to the class a brief (<five minute) synthesis of the posts and comments, offering two or three discussion questions.
To summarize: three times a semester you will write long posts, each week you will comment on two of your peers’ posts, and once during the semester you will present to the class.
b) Reflection Report of colleague’s class visit(~4 pages). Visit a colleague’s class and write about the experience. Don’t think of this as a formal observation, but rather more like an account of your own experience, focusing on successful techniques and relationships to our course readings. You might use Kerry Walk’s “Peer Review Draft Response” as a model. You will provide a copy to your colleague.
c) Statement of Teaching Philosophy (~4 double-spaced pages). Details will be distributed later, but here’s some initial advice: <http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Write-a-Statement-of/45133/>.There is no one-size-fits-all format, so we will revise this throughout the semester.
d) Conference Proposal: Submit a proposal for a conference on composition studies (CFP to come). Your proposal should 1) state your question/problem and your argument, 2) summarize the scholarly framework for your argument, 3) note your method and 3-4 points of your talk’s development and, 4) describe how your presentation would contribute to the topic.