Category: Pedagogy

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Rhetoric and Composition Syllabus

It’s been a few years since I’ve taught an introductory rhetoric and composition course. This semester, I’m teaching one, and I’ve been working on the syllabus. Since this is an introductory course, I want students to focus on writing as discovery and lead up to, at the end of the semester, research and turns towards incorporating research into their work. As such, the focus … Read More Rhetoric and Composition Syllabus

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Reflecting on the LES Center’s Professional Development Program

This past week, the Lillian E. Smith (LES) Center hosted “The Civil Rights Movement in Northeast Georgia,” an inaugural professional development opportunity for P-12 educators throughout Georgia and the surrounding states. I’ve had a couple of days to reflect on the program, and today I want to share some of my thoughts. This will not be a detailed discussion of what the participants did; … Read More Reflecting on the LES Center’s Professional Development Program

Conversation with Tim Smyth about “March”

Over the course of this semester, I’ve posted conversations I’ve had with authors such as Kiku Hughes and Lila Quintero Weaver, along with scholars such as Michael Dando, Jennifer Morrison, and Eir-Anne Edgar for my Multicultural American Literature course. Today, I want to share the discussion I had with educator Tim Smyth about John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March: Book Two. Tim … Read More Conversation with Tim Smyth about “March”

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Professional Development Opportunity “The Civil Rights Movement in Northeast Georgia”

When I worked at the Ernest J. Gaines Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, one of the programs that I wanted to implement was an annual professional development opportunity for area educators, providing them a space to learn about Gaines’ work and the history and people that informed it, looking at how all of it shaped the community and region in which we lived … Read More Professional Development Opportunity “The Civil Rights Movement in Northeast Georgia”

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Open Letter to Georgia Senators on SB 377

“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and to the future.” — Frederick Douglass What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? (1852) The proposed Senate Bill 377 serves as nothing more than a coded bill aimed at limiting the dissemination of information to students, faculty, and staff, and to the stifling of educational inquiry in the … Read More Open Letter to Georgia Senators on SB 377