Reading & Writing


I know these readings were assigned at the beginning of the semester, but I enrolled late and I used the long weekend to finally get caught up on my reading.  So please indulge me for just a moment.


Chapter 1:  “Writing Across the Curriculum in a Time of Change” by Susan H. McLeod and Eric Miraglia

After reading this chapter, I realized that it should have been the first thing I read because it clarified a lot of things about WAC for me.  Which is probably why Dr. Woodworth assigned it as our first reading/thinking assignment.  I was particularly intrigued by some terms I had never heard before:  service learning and learning communities.

Service Learning

This is such a great concept!  While reading about this, I thought back to a discussion we had in class about wanting to know the significance of certain classes and how they pertained to everyday life.  In other words — when will we use this stuff in real life.  Service learning is a perfect example of education at work (literally).  The students not only help the community but they receive first hand experience of how their education or a certain class relates to the real world.  They are able to put their knowledge to work right away.  It also allows for collaboration between the disciplines.  How WAC is that?!

Learning Communities

Linked courses and having students taking the same classes also live together in the same residence hall is great.  It reminded me of the concept of traditional middle schools and some ninth grade academies.  In a traditional middle school a group of about 40 students are assigned to a team of teachers.  The students have all their core classes together and the only time they split up is for electives.  Having a team of teachers teach the same group of students the entire year really creates a community within the school. 


After reading Reid’s article, I realized that I have been missing out on the perfect opportunity to put some of my concerns, ideas, beliefs, and frustrations in writing.  Most importantly, I have been missing out on doing this in ANY WAY I PLEASE!  Blogging will give me the opportunity to throw all of the RULES for writing out the window and write what I want how I want and when I want.  Granted this may not be very often and for many it may not even be very interesting, but it will certainly give me a chance to get my thoughts out of my head and in print.  This will allow me to go back and revisit them and see how things have changed — if they changed at all.  I can also critique my writing and see what errors or typos I made and try not to make the same mistakes twice but knowing that it will be okay if I do because I am not being GRADED!  I was very intrigued by the article and by reading the responses from others about the article.  I have never been one to engage in MySpace, Twitter or Facebook.  In fact I constantly tease my sister (who is a Facebook addict) for being too involved in posting things about herself and other family members for everyone to see. However, I think that I am the one that has been missing out. 

Many of the writing assignments that we have to do for class are not very enjoyable.  Sometimes I feel as though the instructor sat down and said let me think of the most boring and tedious assignment I can possibly think of and give it to them.  Ooh and let’s make the graduate assignment twice as boring and tedious.  We seldom get any say in what we have to do and we are always limited by certain guidelines and criteria.  Blogging will not only give me a medium to voice my opinions about those assignments but I can also get feedback from others on how to approach those assignments and perhaps ideas about how to make the assignment more enjoyable.  Who knows maybe we could come up with a revision of the assignment that we could submit to the instructor for use in future classes in attempt to save others from such torture.  Seriously, what good is the assignment if we learn nothing from it? 

I haven’t done it yet, but I will most definitely be creating my own blog!

One Response to “Reading & Writing”
  1. I’m so glad you connected your own blogging to Reid’s article… it’s a good one and helped me reconsider what blogging might do for me as a writer, teacher, learner. It’s work, for sure, and hard to learn in some ways, but I have been able to explore so many ideas by doing this. LOVE the idea of y’all revising the assignment… how cool would that be?

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