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Conflicts and Crises in the Composition Classroom And What Instructors Can Do about Them

ISBN-10: 0867095415
ISBN-13: 9780867095418
Edition: 2003
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Description: Classroom crises challenge all writing instructors, especially when they are new to the field. But even an old pro's resources can be stretched thin when race or gender becomes an issue or, more insidiously, when a difficult student undermines the  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.38
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 3/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Classroom crises challenge all writing instructors, especially when they are new to the field. But even an old pro's resources can be stretched thin when race or gender becomes an issue or, more insidiously, when a difficult student undermines the course, questions professorial authority, orworst of allcreates an atmosphere of distrust and dislike. Situations like these can derail a semester, but they also can encourage a reexamination of composition theory and a reinvention of classroom practice. Conflicts and Crises in the Composition Classroom takes you inside 17 real-life composition classrooms and explores how you can defuse potentially explosive situations and reinvigorate your teaching. Each story opens a window into day-to-day practice in classrooms where learning to write suddenly takes a backseat to dealing with conflict: You strongly suspect a student of plagiarism, but you lack definitive proof. How do you address the issue? One class member dominates discussions and disrupts students' sense of their own community. How do you get the class back on track? External events cause an explicit and bitter division among your students along a racial divide. How can you restore a sense of community and foster productive discussions? Conflicts and Crises in the Composition Classroom invites readers, especially those in graduate teaching seminars, to discuss, analyze, and debate problems and potential solutions. Whether you are teaching your first comp section or your fifty-first, these narrative explorations will offer you both practical advice and professional inspiration.

Dawn Skorczewski is Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, and Director of Composition at Emerson College. She has recently completed Teaching Writing One Moment at a Time, a book that explores intersections between infant research, psychoanalytic theory, and the teaching of writing, and has published articles on composition and on representations of father-daughter incest in poetry.

Matthew Parfitt is Associate Professor in the Division of Humanities and Rhetoric at the College of General Studies, Boston University. He has been teaching composition for over ten years, and has published work on composition, interpretation theory, and the literature of the First World War. He is coeditor of Cultural Conversations: The Presence of the Past.

Introduction
The Uses of Resistance
The Chattering of Timothy Strossmeyer, or Discipline and the Oppressed
The Angry Student with the C+
Wielding Authority in a Nonauthoritarian Classroom
The Unwelcome Rhetor in Our Midst
When Underlife Takes Over: An Insight on Student Resistance and Classroom Dynamics
"Is It My Problem if They Can't Keep up with Me?": Ball Hogs, Point Guards, and Student Participation in the Composition Classroom
Race, Class, and the Language of Schooling
White Indian Up Front: Building Learning Communities in the "Postcolonial"/Indigenized Classroom
Detecting the Camouflaged Conflicts: Blackness, Whiteness, and Language Difference in Basic Writing Courses
"What's the Point?"
Pedagogy and Apocalypse: How to Have a Productive Discussion in the Context of a Race Riot
Race in Class: Students, Teaching, and Stories
The One Who Got Away: Reflections on a Teacher's Remorse
Course Design and Assignments
"Some People Just Don't Write Well": Composing and Grading Amid Conflict in the Classroom
How Not to Lead a Class Discussion
Teaching Without Armor
Plagiarism Might Go Away if We Don't Talk about It
Room for "Us" to Play: The Teacher as Midwife
Afterword: Difficulty for Whom?: Teachers' Discourse About Difficult Students
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