Author Archives: kerr

Why Teacher Training Matters

For my last GEDI-related post, I wanted to bring the conversation full circle, and it turns out that Virginia Tech’s Collegiate Times has an article that helps me to do just that. Please click on the page below to access … Continue reading Continue reading

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Collaborative Learning ≠ Easy ≠ “Please like me”

Every once in a while, something happens that brings home the importance of pedagogy, the need for teachers (and teachers-to-be) to examine what and how we teach…and to what end. I participated in one of those “things” this week. It … Continue reading Continue reading

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MACHINE ASSESSMENT: PART DEUX

Two weeks ago, I wrote this post about machine assessment of writing. Last week, I received a tweet from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), urging members to contact their congressional representatives and voice concern about machine assessment. … Continue reading Continue reading

You Can’t Fix Stupid, Can You?

A little old man once told me, “You can’t fix stupid.” His point was that, sometimes, for whatever reason, people do really stupid stuff. And no matter how you try to spin the “stupid” in that stuff, at the end … Continue reading Continue reading

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Can We REALLY Automate Subjectivity?

So the New York Times was at it again last week, publishing several articles relating to education. Because I write a LOT of papers in my own classes, study writing, and teach writing, this article caught my attention: (Click on … Continue reading Continue reading

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Technology and Teaching Writing

I just received the Council Chronicle, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. I read Lorna Collier’s article “Changes in Writing Instruction—the Challenge & the Promise” and couldn’t help but write about it for this blog post. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Teaching as Performance (Performance as Teaching?)

In “The Authentic Teaching Self and Communication Skills” (Week 10 readings on Scholar), Professor Fowler references Professor Gregory Justice’s (VT’s Theatre Department) “Using Techniques in Teaching and Everyday Communication.” I assume [hope] that you all participated in Dr. Justice’s workshop … Continue reading Continue reading

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One More Take on PBL: “Whatever It Takes. . .”

Several of my sisters met me in Las Vegas last week, where I presented some of my research on the Plain Language Act of 2010. One of nephews is a freshman at the University of Florida, and his younger brother … Continue reading Continue reading

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On Greeks “Getting” It

I just finished reading this really interesting book by Debra Hawhee, a historian of rhetoric: Obviously, this book has a lot to say about the Greeks and how they trained their bodies. But you’d never know by looking at the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Keep the Baby!

Wouldn’t you just know it? While I was writing this blog, I did what we all so often do, I checked my email. Then I checked Facebook, where I found a picture my sister posted that I thought would be … Continue reading Continue reading

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