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Freshman Composition

College Composition As Critical Thinking

Joe Kraus | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Joe Kraus

Almost everyone dreads it -- trust me, I've seen enough faces on the first day of the semester -- but most walk away from it pleasantly surprised.

The Real Value of a College Education

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 04.24.2012 | College
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Yesterday, it happened. A student hit me with the question that many educators dread, "When are we ever going to use this in life?"

'Tis the Season, for Student Plagiarizing

Anastasia Rubis | Posted 02.22.2012 | College
Anastasia Rubis

If students want to circumvent their addiction, and avoid academic trouble, they can do what I've done in previous paragraphs. Use those funny little things called quotation marks and give credit where credit is due.

Jon Stewart and the Kids

Ming Holden | Posted 12.01.2011 | Home
Ming Holden

Jon Stewart came to Indiana for my birthday. Well, okay, on my birthday. When I was a college freshman in 2002, we used to gather in the basement o...

Trapped in Classroom Hell?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.15.2011 | College
Lev Raphael

Professor X, who's taught at college level for a decade, is passionately depressing about his students' deficiencies and the problems of a culture that pushes people to college when they shouldn't be there.

First Year Composition in Twenty Tweets

Christine Brandel | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Christine Brandel

Could social media be the key to getting students engaged with elementary composition? I decided to investigate.

Critical Thinking Is Essential in Every College Class

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Joseph Smigelski

All of the classes I teach at the two community colleges where I am employed are writing classes. I try to make my courses more than just a series of how-to sessions about comma placement -- I inject the concept of critical thinking.