My summer was marked by several events. First, I spent three weeks working with a faculty group looking at examples of student writing from the class of 2010. To do so, we worked collaboratively to create a rubric to assess college-level writing. The rubric-making process was as enlightening as the information we gleaned from the assessments. The faculty members came from various disciplines–literature, film, math, foreign language, and political science. Ironically, my assessments were closest to those of the math professor! Second, we presented some of our findings at the 22nd International Conference on The First-Year Experience in Montréal (July 23, 2009).
In June I took a longed-for trip to England with my younger daughter to visit Jane Austen sites. I hope to write more about this trip later. (In a few weeks, I will be on leave and will be immersed in all Austen all-the-time), but here are a very few of the over 3,000 pics I took on my trip.
This fall, I’ve spent most of my professional time tutoring writing, an experience I have thoroughly enjoyed. I have some thoughts about the process of turning good high school writers into good college writers that I hope to write about once the semester is over. Another thing that has filled my time is Middlebury’s Web Redo project. With two other colleagues, I’ve been working on the four sites for our offices (Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research; Office of Learning Resources; Writing Program, and First-Year Seminar Program). I’m not linking here because the old sites will disappear, and the new ones aren’t ready yet. I’m saving my opinion of Drupal until the process is complete. I’m guessing when the process is finally complete, all the work and frustrations will have been well worth the effort. Stay tuned.