Teacher Development Workshops (2021-2022)

During Fall 2021, join your DWR colleagues for workshops related to their DWR Summer 2021 Professional Development Grants. Workshops will run ­­approximately twice a month and will be recorded for remote viewing. Grant recipients and presenters include Tyler Gillespie, Kate Hooper, Deidra Jackson, Rachel Johnson, Alice Myatt, Susan Nicholas, Amber Nichols-Buckley, Jeanine Rauch, Colleen Thorndike, and Don Unger.

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Title

Thinking Little: Civic Engagement on a Local Level

Presenter

Emily Cooley

Date

Monday April 4, 11:00AM CDT

Modality

Virtual

Description

In the workshop, we will discuss ways to help our students “think little” by engaging with their research topics on a local level. I will be using my Argument for Positive Change Research Essay and Multimodal Letter for Change assignment prompts as examples.

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Title

Reflection versus Justification: A Preliminary Study of How Writing Feedback Influences FYC Writing Students

Presenter

Mary Ann Parker and Ellen Shelton

Date

April 2022 (TBA)

Modality

TBA

Description

In order to gain a greater understanding of the effects of feedback on FYC students’ mindsets toward writing, one DWR instructor (Mary Ann Parker) and one DWR lecturer (Ellen Shelton) have piloted a quantitative study designed to discover how teachers are assigning and responding to student writing in high school classrooms and how FYC students perceive the effects of those written comments through the lens of their first-year writing composition course in college.

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Workshop Info

Title

Mindful Moments: Contemplative Pedagogy in the Writing Classroom

Presenters

Tyler Gillespie, Susan Nicholas, Amber Nichols-Buckley

Date

Tuesday September 7, 1:00 CDT

Modality

Virtual

Description

In this workshop, Susan Nicholas, Tyler Gillespie, and Amber Nichols-Buckley will share research on the benefits of contemplative pedagogy for teachers and students and provide concrete resources, including meditation exercises, mindfulness prompts that could be used for reflection or process work (like peer review!), and contemplative class activities. We will end the workshop with a brief mindfulness session and a discussion with teachers on how to get started.

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Materials

Slideshow with Resources

Workshop Info

Title

Advancing Student Learning with Digital Tools (Paired Workshops)

Date

Thursday September 30, 10:00 - 11:30 CDT

Modality

Virtual

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Title

Connecting… Creating a Class Blog Network for Meaningful Online Conversations

Presenter

Colleen Thorndike

Time

10:00am CDT

Description

This presentation will discuss the benefits of using blogs and a class blog network (RSS feed) for discussion in online classes. Blogs are a great alternative to discussion boards and can cultivate an online class community. While the focus of this presentation is online classes, this strategy can also be used in hybrid and/or in-person classes.

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Title

Advancing Student Skills with Synthesis and Timed Writing

Presenter

Alice Myatt

Time

10:45am CDT

Description

In this presentation, I review an assignment sequence that combines timed writing with synthesizing sources for a literature review. The timed writing is divided into sections that, taken in sequence, lead students to produce synthesized paragraphs that they may then incorporate into other writing assignments. One part of the workshop will offer suggestions for incorporating this approach with other units (for courses that may not have a timed writing assignment). Resources will include a shared Google Drive folder that has the timed writing unit sequence and synthesis specific resources from Excelsior OWL and other online sites.

Resources

Google Drive Folder

Workshop Info

Title

Making the Most of Group Presentations on a Shortened Timeline

Presenter

Kate Hooper

Date

Thursday October 14, 3:00pm CDT

Modality

Virtual

Description

In this presentation, Kate Hooper will share methods for leveraging group presentations to advance curricular goals when the course schedule provides little (if any) wiggle room. She will share the problems she faced and solutions she implemented for developing group projects and presentations during intersessions, summer sessions, and Web courses. Relevant for anyone who has a group project with a presentation element.

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Title

Bringing the Writing Center to the Classroom: Creative Ways to Enhance Peer Collaboration and Learning

Presenter

Rachel Johnson

Date

Monday November 1, 2021, 1:00pm CDT

Modality

Face-to-Face

Location

Oxford Writing Center

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Title

Blown Cover: Why Calling my Students ‘Scholarly Academic Researchers!’ Did Not Alter Their Mindsets When They are Simply Trying to Get from One Research Paper to the Other

Presenter

Deidra Jackson

Date

Wednesday November 10, 11:00am CST

Modality

Virtual

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Title

Teaching Beyond the Classroom: DWR and the Community (Paired Workshops)

Date

Wednesday December 1, 2:00 - 3:30 CST

Modality

Virtual

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Title

Enhancing Writing Skills with Middle School and High School Students from North Panola County

Presenter

Jeanine Rauch

Time

2:00pm CST

Description

This workshop will present writing techniques used to help middle school and high school students understand the importance of Audience and Purpose within an essay, practice community mapping, writing for change, and place-based arguments. Discussion will also take place on ways to outreach our services to the surrounding counties or communities.

Title

Starting a Conversation about a Community Literacy Center at the University of Mississippi

Presenter

Don Unger

Time

2:45pm CST

Description

As Department of Writing & Rhetoric faculty members consider how to expand existing partnerships with the North Panola School District in Panola County and the Marks Project in Quitman County, among others, this presentation describes how a community literacy center could provide vital infrastructure for such work. Integral to that, this presentation opens up a conversation about the role that community literacy centers play for academic departments, their institutions, and local communities. In this presentation, I will discuss: how these centers reflect the research, teaching, and/or service missions of their home departments; how these centers are structured, including programming, services, and staffing; and how these centers impact different stakeholders

Workshop Info

Title

“I’m fixing to talk about” – Keeping your speaking/writing style while adapting to your audience

Presenters

Carrie McCormick

Date

Wednesday January 26, 1:00PM CST

Modality

In-Person

Description

The workshop will begin with a quick lesson on knowing one’s audience, move into an exercise that utilizes The New York Times dialect quiz, “How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk” to discuss and draw attention to various speech patterns. The workshop will contain an interactive activity focusing on our own distinctive word use/dialect and how that can create in/out group membership, and end with discussing potential assignments in each of your classes.

Location

Lamar Hall 323 (DWR Conference Room)

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Workshop Info

Title

Teaching Outside the Box: New Approaches to Reaching Students (Paired Workshops)

Date

Tuesday February 15, 1:00PM - 2:30PM CST

Modality

Virtual

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Title

Journaling Naked:  The Unplugged Assignment in Online Instruction

Presenter

Dixon Bynum

Time

1:00PM CST

Description

Even with the best pedagogical practices, the online classroom can often remain a limited, virtual space for students, especially so during a pandemic. Incorporating assignments which emphasize experiential learning and reduce the use of technology (hence “naked”) can help counteract this perception and aid in student reflection. This workshop will introduce two informal writing assignments used in WRIT 101 and 102 that employed experiential learning and cover student survey reactions to those assignments.

Title

Teaching to Support Executive Function

Presenter

Meredith Harper

Time

1:45PM CST

Description

“Executive function” refers to the mental processes that govern one’s ability to focus on tasks and juggle information. This presentation will provide an overview of current scholarship on the role of executive function in learning at the university level. Drawing from educational and cognitive psychological research, this presentation will inform attendees about the different processes that comprise executive function and how these cognitive processes impact students’ ability to read, write, and think critically.

Workshop Info

Title

Using Creative Writing Techniques to Write Academic Research Essays

Presenter

Jeanine Rauch

Date

Wednesday March 2, 1:00PM CST

Modality

Virtual

Description

This workshop will cover various creative writing techniques that will prompt students to find alternative ways get their ideas on paper for their academic research paper.

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