Spring Tutor Vol.12 No.2

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Tooter's Teaching Tips*

May 1, 2012

  1. Begin with the basics: explain to your students what a good thesis looks like. Have them come up with examples that they share with their peers.
  2. Communicate basic MLA or Chicago Manual of Style citation guidelines (or provide a link to a website).
  3. Explain the difference between primary and secondary sources.
  4. Describe the function of active and passive voice and encourage proper usage.
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Using Highlighter to Teach Students to Read & Critique Scholarly Articles

May 1, 2012

A difficulty many teachers face is students coming to class unprepared and unfamiliar with the content for the day, despite assigned homework reading. In an interactive Friday Forum, Professor Michael Klymkowsky of MCD Biology explained that he faces the same problem and has actively tackled it in his role as Co-Director of CU Teach. Klymkowsky designs his courses to aid his students in not simply regurgitating material, but interacting with and fully understanding it.

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Teaching Students to Write Scholarly Papers

May 1, 2012

Rosalyn Zigmond, a senior instructor in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric is passionate about publishing on teaching writing, as one of her articles from 2008, “Ask a Provocative Question to Break the Ice,” demonstrates. Zigmond evidenced the same level of passion during her Friday Forum on “Teaching Students to Write Scholarly Papers,” where she explained to graduate students how to make their own papers and their students’ ready for submission.


The Publishing Process

May 1, 2012

Publishing Scholarly Writing

For many graduate students who hope to become professors and scholars in their field, the publishing

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ELN 2.0: Reinventing a Literary Journal

May 1, 2012

What does it take to edit an academic journal?   How does one solicit articles or gain subscribers?  What is ELN?  In a Graduate Teacher Program Friday Forum, Associate Professor of English Karen Jacobs explained her role as managing editor of English Language Notes (ELN). Over the last several years, Jacobs and her colleagues in English transformed a journal that was 40 years old into a modern, interdisciplinary work of art.


Words from the Wise

May 1, 2012

“[Writing]—the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.”
            — Mary Heaton Vorse

“Writing is one of the easiest things: erasing is one of the hardest.”
            — Rabbi Israel Salanter

“Authors only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.”
             — Doris Lessing


Writing Textbooks: Opening Career Doors

May 1, 2012

We see it on the news and in presidential debates every day: education is changing and textbooks have a large role to play in this change. Carmen Grace, Senior Instructor and Language Program Director for the Department of French & Italian, is a co-author of textbooks such as Bien Vu Bien Dit and of Collage, a second-year college French series. In a Graduate Teacher Program Friday Forum, Grace discussed the nebulous future of textbooks and textbook writing in academia.

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