Volume 5, Issue 17• January 28, 2008

This week

Monday, January 28
No events scheduled.

Tuesday, January 29
11:30– 11:50 AM – Reflections – Megan Carlson '08

Wednesday, January 30
4:00 – 5:00 PM – Reading Group: Responding to Student Writing or "How to Handle the Paper Load"
Reading / Writing Center
This reading group considers some of the issues we face when we respond to student papers: How can we comment more effectively on papers in progress? How can we motivate our students to revise? How can we avoid writing comments that co-opt students’ authority over their own writing? How can we write comments with greater “transfer value,” comments that lead, not just to better papers, but to better writers? And when students disclose painful, personal information in their writing, how should we respond?

Readings (on Moodle under ACTL: Teaching Writing):
C.H. Knoblauch and Lil Brannon, “On Students’ Rights to Their Own Texts:
A Model of Teacher Response”
Richard L. Larson, “Training New Teachers of Composition in the Writing of
Comments on Themes”
Marilyn Valentino, “Responding When a Life Depends On It: What to Write in the
Margins When Students Self-Disclose”

Thursday, January 31
2:00 – 2:30 PM – Dean's Office Walk-In Time with Jeff
Office of the Dean, Founders 116

Friday, February 1
3:30 PM – Friday Conversations – Week 7 Seminar, an informal discussion by and for faculty.
Library 2nd Floor, south
All faculty welcome. In honor of From Parchment to Pixels: The Year of the Book, the Week Seven Seminar of winter term takes as its topic the decline of reading. Kristin Douglas will lead a discussion based on the article, “Twilight of the Books” ( New Yorker, Dec. 24, 2007), in which Caleb Crain speculates on what life will be like if people stop reading. In the article, Crain refers to the book Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf, an account of the history and biology of reading. Article is on Moodle under “Library/Week Seven Seminar.”

Saturday, February 2
No events scheduled.

Sunday, February 3
2:00 PM – Quad City Symphony Orchestry
Centennial Hall
Peter Rubardt, guest conductor; Jennifer Koh, violin Works by Smetana, Sibelius,
Rautavaara, & Debussy.
For tickets contact the QCSO office at (563) 322-0931