First Year Writing Featured Teachers: Kate Fedewa and Kathryn Houghton

two persons photographed against a gray wallWRAC is proud to introduce you to Kate Fedewa and Kathryn Houghton, MSU first year writing (FYW) teachers that have taken up the task of collaborative teaching this semester.

They each bring different teaching styles that offer more learning preferences for students. Like any form of collaborative task, successful collaborative teaching amalgamates the strengths of multiple viewpoints. Individuality doesn’t exist, they have to always be in communication come to a consensus that works for both. Together they have taken on the best and worst experiences that can take place in a classroom.

In their courses this semester Kate and Kathryn share responsibilities and evenly distribute tasks, such as a lesson plans and in-class teaching. They tag team throughout the class period with one person in front of the class, while the other person walks around and interacts with students. Team teaching is their creative approach to the course. They’re also modeling collaborative teaching for their students by having them work in groups.

Kathryn offers a word of wisdom to future collaborative professors, “Know the person before hand. Ask yourself, are we going to be compatible and are our values the same.”  When they sit and plan for the course it’s not just another meeting, “It’s sitting and chatting with someone who is a friend”, said Kate. Collaborative teaching may require an increase in time spent planning, but when the time is spent with someone who is also a friend or trusted colleague it’s all the more worth it.

As the semester roles by, they approach it as a learning experience. As they learn, their students are learning too. WRAC and the FYW program are honored to have these two faculty members who are willing to put in the extra time and energy required with collaborative teaching.

Nerd vs. Geek

Do people constantly tell you that “you’re a geek” or “you’re a nerd?” What defines a geek or nerd? What differentiate the two? It can be perplexing, especially since there’s an overlap between the two characteristics. Neatorama posted a hilarious video that may help you understand the differences. The argument that nerds and geeks share similar obvious behaviors can lead to an endless battle of examples to prove that they’re distinctive. The video below Epic Rap Battle: Nerd vs. Geek helps compare their approach to life and highlights the apparent dissimilarities between the two.

Introducing the WRAC Communications Team

Now that you’ve been reading our work, we think it’s about time we introduced ourselves.

Shewonda Leger is a writer who has love for creativity, whether its fiction or non-fiction. She is a graduate student at Michigan State University, pursuing her master’s degree in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing. When she is not at home in her pajamas working on her novel, she is writing for WRAC or consulting at The Writing Center @ MSU. Follow her on Twitter @Mz_Poesy.

Haley Erb is a junior in the Professional Writing program. She also studies creative writing and the digital humanities. She is a pro-oxford comma and an excellent marshmallow roaster. Willing to ramble about typography, writing, design, food, science, books, space, or pretty much anything. She can be bribed with sour candy. Follow Haley on Twitter @haleys_comma.

Kelly Turner is a Junior and Professional Writing major here at MSU. Writing, reading, and obsessing over TV shows and books are how she likes to spend her time. She believes peace, love, and reading are all we need. She loves website development and environmental science, and if you can’t tell, she’s a huge nerd. She’d also like to die peacefully in a bath of peanut butter and chocolate. Follow Kelly on Twitter @wordscreateus.

Leading this creative bunch is Casey Miles, PhD student in Rhetoric & Writing, with a master’s degree in Digital Rhetoric & Professional Writing. Casey’s research focuses on queer rhetorics, specifically looking at butch ways of knowing, doing, and being in academic spaces, as well as documentary and video composition. Casey continues to work on her documentary series, The Gender Project, which explores gender, gender identity, and sexuality in everyday lives.  Follow her on Twitter @soulsmiles.

5 ½ Reasons You Shouldn’t Post That

We’ve all had the should-I-post-it-should-I-not moment where our finger hovers anxiously over the ‘Post’ button. Fear not! There are ways to nip this in the bud. Try to give the idea space or, rather, give yourself time away from the idea so you can return with fresh eyes. If a post seems too controversial, ask yourself if it’s really important to face the backlash from it. If it’s not enticing enough, try adding different elements like quotes or anecdotes. Don’t let the fear of posting keep you from actually posting. Check out the rest of CopyBlogger’s tips here and blog on.