Modeling Student Essays: Opening a Dialogue

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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
Stream: Teacher Training and Professional Development
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Myrna Dee Marler

Associate Professor of English, Department of English
College of Arts & Sciences, Brigham Young University Hawaii

Laie, Hawaii, USA

Graduated in 1986 from Brigham Young University summa cum laude as a married mother of seven boys. Since that time I have completed a master's and doctoral degrees in American Studies. I have been teaching as full-time faculty at BYUH since 1995. Last year, Greenwood Press published my book, Walter Dean Myers, Teen Reads: Student Companions to Young Adult Literature. I focus on creative writing and young adult literature but also teach college composition and literature every semester.

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