Most complete list of writing prompts ever: Including 21st writing practices

from: learning.blogs.nytimes By MICHAEL GONCHAR Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times. Now, five years later, we’ve collected 500 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and pulled them all together in one place. Consider it a companion to the list of 200 argumentative writing prompts weContinue Reading

Is it worth the time? Social media and building your writing ‘brand’

from: creativenonfiction.org “Platforms” Are Overrated Stephanie Bane Any author starting out today is likely to hear the same advice from agents, publishers, and even well-meaning writer friends. That advice? Build your “platform.” As a recent MFA graduate who’s wading into the world of publishing, I’ve been counseled to start a blog, scare up a coupleContinue Reading

Best new teaching find on the web: Pedagogy Unbound

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Has the Internet killed thoughtful, prolonged engagement with a text—or are we nostalgic for a reading Eden that never existed?

Reading insecurity is the subjective experience of thinking that you’re not getting as much from reading as you used to. By Katy Waldman Slate is an online magazine, which means you are almost certainly reading this on a screen. It is more likely to be morning than evening. You are perhaps at work, chasing a piece ofContinue Reading

Why NYU social media prof banned laptops, tablets and phones from his classroom

By Clay Shirky I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate for Internet censor, but I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to refrain from using laptops, tablets and phones in class. I cameContinue Reading

A 21st-Century Attendance Policy Two faculty members offer different answers to the question of whether and how to take roll in college courses

source: chronicle.com  By Michelle LaFrance and Steven J. Corbett The Canadian poet Tom Wayman wrote a darkly humorous poem in response to a question we faculty members hear frequently from students who have missed class. In “Did I Miss Anything?” he conveys the mixed emotions that faculty members experience about student attendance. Most of us would likeContinue Reading

Writing tips from the CIA’s ruthless style manual

Source: qz.com By Michael Silverberg @mbd_s July 8, 2014 Strunk & White, it turns out, were CIA sources. The authors of The Elements of Style, a classic American writing guide, are cited alongside Henry Fowler, Wilson Follett, and Jacques Barzun in the Directorate of Intelligence’s Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications, whose eighth edition (from 2011) was quietly posted online (pdf) by the legal nonprofit NationalContinue Reading

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

source: nytimes.com By MARIA KONNIKOVA  Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it isContinue Reading

Amazon saved The Washington Post so I can’t hate Bezos but then…

“The Web’s supposed low barriers to entry would allow a very competitive landscape, but it hasn’t turned out that way.” from: jontaplin.com Digital Monopoly Capitalism Posted on May 11, 2014 by Jon Taplin This week it was revealed that Amazon has been bullying the publishing house of Hachette to give it better terms. Among Amazon’s tactics against Hachette, some ofContinue Reading

Don’t throw the lecture out with the baby water

source: chronicle.com In Defense of the Lecture A good lecturer doesn’t just deliver facts but models how an expert approaches problems By Alex Small I shall say this without shame: I lecture in my courses. Yes, I know, in every discussion of “flipped classes” we are reminded that lecturing as a means of transferring basic factualContinue Reading