What a course to go out on.
This class was out of my comfort zone. As a medievalist surrounded by compositionists, I felt like the proverbial “fish out of water,” but despite this, I also felt like (to carry the metaphor) my little fishy fins got a nice grip on the dirt. Ooh, that was rough. Whatever, bear with me.
Anyway, I honestly had no idea what composition was really about until I took this class. I kind of thought it was just “teaching students how to write.” Boy, was I wrong. It’s so much more than that, and our discussions in class helped me to see all the big issues in the field– and there are plenty, and there is plenty to talk and think about. I felt so lucky to be surrounded by people who could contribute so much to the class. Renee and Adam with their public school experience; Lauren C. with her genre theories; Trisha’s work with disadvantaged kids (and murder networks!); Peter’s vast knowledge of rhetoric; Kerry’s careful notes and technical insight; UnLauren’s fascination with old technology (who could forget the Pocket Edge?); and Justin’s always-pragmatic fascination with pedagogy. (Did I forget anyone? I am quite sure I didn’t, but if I did, you may flog me with a wet noodle.)
At the risk of disappointing everyone/surprising no one, I feel that I am a satisfied observer. Instead of talking about my future in the academy, I’ll say how much I liked the stuff we did in class. Annette’s exercise with the paper clips and iPad and magazines was creative and fun. Kerry’s index card exercise was really awesome and got us all thinking and discussing and noticing connections in a way that maybe we couldn’t or didn’t when we were just talking. Learning about Prezi and Wordle and Extranormal was awesome and exciting, and I loved playing with Trisha and Kerry and Lauren C’s blocks. And everyone was so creative with their presentations! The audio essays were so fun and I think we all learned a lot– me especially! I’ve never done an assignment like that in graduate school and I really appreciated that branching-out.
So overall, hey, thumbs up, bros and ladybros. Thanks for being awesome and smart and teaching me lots of things and having fun with me.