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  •  I agree ... it's what I should do (1+ / 0-)
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    The problem is class size and steady erosion of support. I haven't had a TA in years.

    Actually, I had one (exactly one) class where I thought it was done properly.

    Our technical writing masters' program started a program with the business school. They assigned a really good masters student to work with me for the semester.

    I had a class of 50 students in purchasing. I worked out a rubric for the assignments with the professor in charge of TW. I assigned 3 essay projects. I read them for content. The masters student reviewed them for grammar and spelling. If he thought there were issues, we huddled.

    He got credit. I watched writing actually improve. Tech Writing program had better prepared graduate. Wins all round.

    They stopped the program the next semester because some other writing lab on campus got mad because they thought the program was poaching on their turf. Of course, they never offered to help me.

    The system is severely broken on more levels than I can describe in less than a book. I'm starting to have too much fun to care about writing it. Any other faculty member could probably do as  well.

    If you want to read one perspective, get this book.

    Maturity: Doing what you know is right - even though you were told to do it

    by grapes on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:43:55 AM PST

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    •  Just downloaded the book to my kindle. (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you So MUCH - I am fond of Self-Development and College Writing by my buddy Nick Tingle, now retired from UC Davis.  

      The thesis he did such a beautiful job of illustrating is the struggle that the transition to college causes in the student...where they have 12 years (or more) in a high school environment where they are taught not to be creative and think for themselves, and then they are suddenly asked to live in a university environment and the first classes where they are challenged to write are the ones where that transformation begins. It's hard on the teacher as well as the student.

      I can do everything but earn a living.

      by alabamaliberal on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:20:01 PM PST

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