Tag: 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

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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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Keeping My Kids Safe from Materials That are “Harmful to Minors”

As a parent, I keep thanking my lawmakers for the stands they are taking against any materials that may be “harmful to minors.” Here in Georgia, Senator Jason Anavitarte proposed Senate Bill 226, a bill that would protect my children from encountering anything that may be deemed “harmful to minors.” I wish, when I as a kid growing up in Louisiana back in the 1980s … Read More Keeping My Kids Safe from Materials That are “Harmful to Minors”

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Spring 2022 LES Studies Course

I always enjoy teaching the Lillian E. Smith Studies Course. This semester will be my third time teaching it, and each time I try and connect Smith’s work with the present moment. Typically, I try to work in connection with student interests, since the class is relatively small, when choosing texts. Last year, we did Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and NPR’s podcast … Read More Spring 2022 LES Studies Course