Teacher to Teacher: Teaching, Networking, Sharing, Community-Building
A teaching event at the Conference on College Composition and Communication
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Spokane, Washington (virtual event)
NEW Submission Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021
If there was ever a time to talk about teaching, it’s now. Join us to share ideas, strategies, and support in the teaching and pedagogy of writing. We all need opportunities to network, new ideas, and the support of our colleagues, because the teaching of writing is more important than ever.
Echoing the CCCC 2021 call for proposals, “We Are All Writing Teachers*: Returning to a Common Place,” we invite educators to bring their successes, challenges, and instructive failures to the 2021 Teacher to Teacher event. In the CCCC call, Holly Hassel wants to focus on practice, “practice that is theoretically situated, evidence based, and research informed, but practice nonetheless.” The theme itself is both practical and a good metaphor for what we want our students to do in the classroom. Practice doesn’t mean perfection. It doesn’t suggest a skill is achievable. Practice is what we do every day as teachers: the successes, the failures, the daily habits. This is the event where we can share our practice and experience with others.
The 2021 T2T call for proposals invites presentations not only on a range of ideas that work, but also to share problems presenters seek to solve in their courses (both the problems of the past and the problems we started facing in 2020), and to engage others in conversation about how we move our pedagogies forward in support of our students’ development as writers and as students. Share your projects, ideas, and challenges in small groups with the goal of creating opportunities for conversation.
Let’s consider the pedagogical policies, constraints, and liberties that are shape our teaching now.
We welcome anyone invested in writing pedagogy (full-time, post-doc, part-time, graduate, undergraduate, and aspiring educators), and from any educational institution, a dedicated space to discuss teaching during the 2021 Convention. Literacy educators whether teaching through distance learning, mask-to-mask classes, and/or hybrid models are encouraged to share examples of efforts that have worked and discuss approaches that we imagined would be successful but weren’t.
Possible Practice-based ideas and problems include, but are not limited to the following:
- Assignments: research-focused informal and formal writing projects, digital projects, blending narrative, rhetorical analysis
- Activities: group work, reading, in-class work, quick writes, shared writing, peer workshop
- Lesson Plans/or Teaching Concepts: on structure, scaffolding, academic synthesis, metadiscourse, logic, introductions, conclusions, genre conventions, argumentation
- Classroom Management: growing participation and engagement, record keeping, knowing your students, responding to essays and projects, best practices in peer review
Until we decide the space and delivery of this year’s conference, we don’t quite know what T2T will look like in 2021. But we do know that presenters and participants will engage in important and useful conversations about the teaching of writing during this tumultuous time.
We have so much to talk about this year and we want to know how you are managing in our new teaching landscape, and the dynamics of our 21st century classrooms.
- Share examples of effective writing projects (informal and formal)
- Consider new ways to address problems and challenges from the classroom
- Describe innovative writing pedagogies as solutions to situated problems
- Network with colleagues across institutional homes and programs
- Build community with similarly interested colleagues
- Bridge the divide between college and high school writing teachers
- Learn from innovative writing educators teaching a wide range of student populations and who represent diverse institutional settings.
- Consider professional and instructor development ideas and strategies for adjuncts and GTAs
- Offer support and coping strategies to help each other and our students
Registration: T2T is free to CCCC convention registrant, and those who are accepted will be listed in the 2021 Convention program.
Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT, Friday, February 5, 2021
To submit a proposal visit our Web site: https://sites.google.com/udel.edu/teacher2teacher/
Presentation acceptances will be announced on a rolling basis, but no later than February 19, 2021.
Notes: Presenters must register <https://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/conv> for the CCCC convention to present and have their names listed as a speaking role in the Convention book and on the T2T program.
Questions? Please feel encouraged to contact us: Christine Cucciarre, ccucc -AT- udel.edu and Lee Nickoson, or t2tatcccc -AT- gmail.com.
Dr. Christine Peters Cucciarre (Cooch-a-ray)
Director of Composition
Professor of English
305 Memorial Hall
University of Delaware
Newark DE 19716