WHERE AM I?
WHERE AM I?
As a first-year TA, I have spent past year as a
teacher of freshman
writing in the regular classroom and as a student of
electronic writing in the Networked Writing Environment computer
This fall I will be able to combine these two
aspects of my experience as a graduate student in English at the
University of Flordia by teaching freshman writing in the NWE.
Despite the rich experiences of the past year,
teaching in the digital classroom remains a terrortory for
me. I am
now moving out of the relative safety of the
traditional classroom-- so
many years as a student
as well as as a teacher in that space has
provided a modicum of comfort, if
When I signed up for the NWE Teaching Practicum, I thought I would be
taking a course that would focus on skills needed to
to set up a course in the electronic
environment--technicalities of running class MOO sessions, what
hypertext projects might be appropriate for first-year
drawn from the sucesses and failures of my more experienced peers. At
first,I was a
bit frustrated that Jane
and Tony were leaving the discussion of
pedagogy until the end of the semester. Although I wanted to
on issues of teaching in the NWE, in the end I believe I
the emphasis on the process of learning and thinking as a student in the
NWE. I was
exposed to a wide range of assignments and course plans used by other TAs,
but as these plans tended to reflect idiosyncratic interests
and strengths, I couldn't just scoop up projects from
here and there to pile together my syllabus. At the end of the spring
term, I faced an empowering, yet terrifying realization: I
have to invent my own pedagogical space.
Where am I going?