CO300 Professional Development Workshops

“Grade Norming for Multimodal Projects.”  So you are all excited about integrating more multimodal projects in your sections of Writing Arguments.  What’s stopping you?  Maybe consternation (or just a little insecurity) about assessment.  Beth Lechleitner (whose own consternation makes her highly qualified) and Laura Thomas will facilitate this assessment norming session for wannabe multimodal pedagogues.  Also welcome are CO300 instructors who already teach multimodal assignments and would like to share their wealth of experience or perhaps confirm, refine their approaches.

Dates:                  Early October, exact date TBA

“Audiences:  Invoked/Addressed/Unintended.”   Ed Lessor facilitates a discussion of audience in the social media era using the two Ede and Lunsford essays from the CO300 reader to ground a conversation about the complexities of teaching audience in multimodal compositional environments. Discussion will center on integrating these theoretical texts with CO300 coursework with a focus on practical classroom activities and assignments.

Dates:                  Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12

Time:                   4:30-5:30 p.m.

Upper Division Composition Workshops

Two more upper division composition workshops will be offered after Spring Break. Both count toward the UD composition professional development certificate. Each workshop will be offered at two times.

Face-to-Face Assessment: This Time It’s Personal
Tuesday, March 26, 4-5 p.m. or Wednesday, March 27, 4-5 p.m., Whitaker Conference Room

Knowing that the best assessment practices in composition courses include formative evaluation and robust, thoughtful response to student writing—not just “grading papers”—instructors are always looking for ways to make the process of evaluating students’ work matter. Some of us have added face-to-face assessment or “grading conferences” to our repertoire. Join Laura Thomas, Jeana Burton and Sharon Grindle for a conversation about our experiences with this promising method. Although we will focus on upper division courses, instructors who teach composition at any level are encouraged to attend.

Blogged Down?
Tuesday, April 9 or Wednesday April 10, 4-5 p.m. Whitaker Conference Room.

It has been a couple of years since we had a seminar about blogging in CO300.  Since then, a number of instructors have begun using blogs in various ways.  This workshop led by Beth Lechleitner will give you an opportunity to catch up on how blogs are being used by CO300 instructors, share how you are using them (if you are), ask questions if you are thinking about integrating them with your course, and share best practices (and perhaps a few cautionary tales). The workshop is open to current CO300 instructors and those interested in teaching the course.

Publication: Beth Lechleitner

Beth Lechleitner is tickled that her poem “Road with Cypress” contributed to the sale of the painting which it accompanied in the recent show, Robin Dodge and the Masters of Art, at the LovelandMuseum and Gallery.  The patron commented that the poem brought the painting alive for her, making it rich with imagery, memory and history. A book based on the show, featuring the art and accompanying poems, is also available at the museum.

Workshop for CO300 Instructors

CO 300 Workshop: Making the Most of the New Textbooks
When: Mon., May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Eddy 2
Presented by the upper-division composition spring team: Kate Kiefer, Beth Lechleitner, Christina Sutton, and Laura Thomas
LUNCH PROVIDED

Join us for a half-day workshop focused on integrating one of the new textbook selections into your CO300 course. The workshop is for current and prospective CO300 instructors who plan to adopt one of the new recommended texts. It includes a discussion of strategies for designing syllabi and assignments as well as hands-on time to collaborate with fellow instructors. RSVP to Laura.Thomas@colostate.edu by May 16 please.

Check your email for more details.

Hospice Fundraiser

Hospice Fundraiser – Featuring poets, musicians, dancers and visual artists including Nancy Jakobsson, Veronica Patterson, Lisa Zimmerman, Beth Lechleitner, Tom Pappas, Jonathan Hillman, Judy Bejarano and Impact Dance Company, Angela Canada-Hopkins.  Thursday, 7pm. Life & Loss: The Stories We Tell Through the Arts, Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins.   Coffee or tea served by a professional barista. Admission: $10.

Upper Division Composition Workshop: Textbook

Upper Division Composition Workshop on Rhetorical Analysis: A Brief Guide for Writers.

Tuesday, February 28 from 11 am-12 pm  in the Eddy Library, aka the Philosophy Library (323D—along the west end of the building)

or

Wednesday, February 29 from 4-5 pm in the Whitaker conference room.

Beth Lechleitner will lead an in-depth look at this text which was among those previewed at the roundtable discussion at the beginning of the month, (no need to have attended the introduction to all five texts to attend and benefit from this one.) Key features of the text will be highlighted, some recommended activities enumerated, and we will explore how this text, which is a particularly good choice for veteran instructors of CO300, can be integrated with Readings in Rhetoric for Advanced Writers (RRAW).

If you were not able to attend this week’s session on A Little Argument, but would like to look at that text more closely, review copies are available for check out from Kate Kiefer.  She also has a few copies of the handouts from the workshop. And Beth is happy to talk with you about either of these books.

Beth Lechleitner: “Reporting Live from Atlanta”

Recently, Instructor in Upper-Division Composition Beth Lechleitner attended the 4C’s conference in Atlanta.  

“I thought that if I went to 4C’s, I could testify to the value of conferencing, in particular to the teaching faculty. And boy can I: this was a great experience.”

Reporting Live from Atlanta is her account of how she got there, why she went, and how it was.