“Getting geeked” at UIUC’s Nano CEMMS summer institute

Coming into the UIUC Nanotechnology Institutes for Teacher Enhancement (UNITE) summer institute (sponsored by the UIUC Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS)), I only every thought of nanotechnology as the science that uses mini robots that are being developed to go into our bodies.  This dystopian myth (inspired by a childhood of Marvel comics) is perhaps Read More …

Contention 1 for @newtechnetwork #echoAV | Value of “talk” in feedback and assessment

In my quest for generating more authentic feedback in writing, I often find myself drawn to conversations, whether they are synchronous or asynchronous.  We know our pedagogy is strengthened by feedback that helps students grow, understand and better communicate their thoughts or work products.  When we hold writing conferences, we realize a truth that we may Read More …

demo warm-up response “Avoiding FRACK-ing by Building Better Writing Rubrics” #uiwp

This is a warm-up post to collect responses from the fellows attending my teaching demonstration during the 2012 University of Illinois Writing Project (#uiwp2012).  The comments and replies represent the opinions of the authors and may not represent the owner of this site. Before we start today, please take some time to reflect on one Read More …

#UIWP2012 Writing Marathon: review of the renovated Lincoln Hall @LASillinois

Today during my time at the Univ of IL Writing Project, I participated in a Writing Marathon.  We broke down into nomadic teams.  Each team would wander campus; find a place to be inspired by; and freewrite for a time before sharing and moving onto a new location.   It’s s new car smell.  Note Read More …

@newtechnetwork Bring on the A/V to Echo Tasks! #echoAV

Over the past two weeks, as part of the 2012 University of Illinois Writing Project summer institute (#UIWP2012), so many passionate teachers who love writing and who want to see the teaching of writing improved have surrounded me.  Each day in the Writing Project, we have immersed ourselves in writing, reading and conversations that have Read More …