First Time Up An Insider's Guide for New Composition Teachers

ISBN-10: 0874216206
ISBN-13: 9780874216202
Edition: 2005
Authors: Brock Dethier
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Publication date: 9/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

"First time up?"--an insider's friendly question from 1960s counter-culture--perfectly captures the spirit of this book. A short, supportive, practical guide for the first-time college composition instructor, the book is upbeat, wise but friendly, casual but knowledgeable (like the voice that may have introduced you to certain other firsts). With an experiential focus rather than a theoretical one, "First Time Up will be a strong addition to the newcomer's professional library, and a great candidate for the TA practicum reading list. Dethier, author of "The Composition Instructor's Survival Guide and "From Dylan to Donne, directly addresses the common headaches, nightmares, and epiphanies of composition teaching--especially the ones that face the new teacher. And since legions of new college composition teachers are either graduate instructors (TAs) or adjuncts without a formal background in composition studies, he assumes these folks as his primary audience. Dethier's voice is casual, but it conveys concern, humor, experience, and reassurance to the first-timer. He addresses all major areas that graduate instructors or new adjuncts in a writing program are sure to face, from career anxiety to thoughts on grading and keeping good classroom records. Dethier's own eclecticism is well-represented here, but he reviews with considerable deftness the value of contemporary scholarship to first-time writing instructors--many of whom will be impatient with high theory. Throughout the work, he affirms a humane, confident approach to teaching, along with a true affection for college students and for teachers just learning to deal with them.

Brock Dethier has been using music to teach English for twenty years. Currently an assistant professor at Utah State University, he lives with his wife and two children in Cache Valley, Utah. His previous Heinemann book, The Composition Instructor's Survival Guide, has helped writing teachers across the country worry less and enjoy their work more.

Why you've made the right choice
Preparing
Resources
The first day
Grading, attendance, and other pains-in-the-butt
What you should know about theory (for now)
Confident and humble, and other contradictions we live by
Avoiding stress
Nightmares
Outside the classroom
Building your future
The last word
Yes, you may
Motivation through metaphor
Another obnoxious questionnaire
In defense of subjective grading
Teaching academic integrity

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