Modeling Student Essays: Opening a Dialogue
In an attempt to make the education process more transparent to my general education college composition students, I began writing essays, modeled on their writing assignments, in which I give a teacher's point of view about the education process, student involvement, and teacher responsibilities. In taking these essays to class and sharing them, I find that I have opened a dialogue for discussion wherein the students learn about the co-operative nature of education and respond to teacherly concerns with insights of their own in their essays. This has been a valuable learning experience for all of us, and has greatly contributed to interaction and feedback. These essays are part of a larger project, a book, which will be titled: From the Teacher's Eye: Notes from the College Composition Classroom.
Keywords: College Composition, Dialogue, Student Interaction with Teacher Receiving Feedback
Dr. Myrna Dee Marler
Associate Professor of English, Department of English