My first-year writing curriculum draws on inquiry as the genesis of writing and emphasizes audience awareness and authentic communication. Built upon the independent study I completed under the advisement of Dr. Ellen Cushman at Michigan State University, the writing projects and activities align with my teaching philosophy by giving writers agency and choice in their composition studies as well as ensuring their learning is relevant and meaningful to their lives and goals. As I work with community college students, including adult learners, English language learners, and other non-traditional students, I continue to adjust these projects to further challenge and support my students as they pursue an understanding of how writing can help them achieve their goals.
Please explore the materials I have created in teaching a first-year writing course at Michigan State University. Teaching this course for two semesters helped me not only to develop the pedagogical and administrative sensibilities that inform my teaching philosophy, but also to practice creating course documents and presentations that reflect those sensibilities and communicate them clearly to my students. These resources provide my students and me with shared language to understand, discuss, and evaluate the learning goals of our course.