Hi all, we are about to celebrate 3 months! Wow. I'm thankful for all your support. Pedagogue wouldn't exist without you, and I mean that from the depths of my heart. I'm incredibly thankful -- and wish I could thank each one of you individually for listening and sharing and commenting on the podcast.
I've been thinking back to how this whole thing started:
I was driving back to Mississippi from Texas listening to a podcast.
I was thinking about how much I enjoyed talking with teachers about teaching and listening to stories and experiences.
How I always left those conversations inspired.
How I always learned something from them.
How I enjoyed meeting new people, new teachers.
I said to M, "What do you think about me creating a podcast about teachers talking about teaching and writing? You know, where I just ask questions? Do you think I could do something like that?"
M: "For sure. You love teaching. And you love talking to people. So I don't see why not."
That was that. I came up with the name Pedagogue minutes later and sent out a tweet asking if people would be interested in listening to something like that.
The response was amazing.
So I started doing stuff.
Built a site.
Made a logo.
Got recording software/equipment.
Tracked my guitar for the opening/endings of episodes.
Sent an email to a few distinguished teachers-scholars I didn't know.
Mike Rose responded.
All of that in 1-2 weeks.
Almost 3 months later.
I'm writing this post about Pedagogue.
Still amazed. Still surprised.
Almost 3 months later.
People have contacted me about being on the podcast. People have reached out to me about writing a blog post. There was this and this, too.
I've talked with over 15 teachers. I've released 5 episodes and 1 bonus episode. The site has had close to 3,000 unique viewers and 7,500 page views.
So to celebrate 3 months -- I'm releasing another bonus episode on Friday, 08/09.
Pedagogue Bonus: Advice to First-Time Teachers (w/Nancy Sommers)
Please keep listening and sharing and commenting. The only reason Pedagogue is here almost 3 months later is because you helped it be here.
Hi everyone, there's going to be a new episode this week!
Episode 5: Kyle Larson and Dana Comi
When I created Pedagogue, I saw it as an opportunity to talk with teachers and have conversations that move across institutions and positions. I saw this podcast as a way to celebrate teachers, including graduate students. I saw it as a platform where graduate students could be heard and where they could share what they were doing. The heart of Pedagogue is to support all teachers, from distinguished teacher-scholars to graduate students.
In Episode 5, I have the good fortune of talking with Kyle Larson, a PhD Candidate in Composition & Rhetoric at Miami University, and Dana Comi, a PhD student at the University of Kansas. We talk about their work and teaching, what has surprised them about graduate school, what advice has helped in graduate school, re-imagining the traditional grad seminar course, and being actively involved in their local communities.
In this bonus episode, Steve Parks talks about how English graduate education can be better formed to prepare and train students for academic and non-academic purposes.
Here's one of my favorite quotes from the bonus episode:
"[Graduate students] have seen a world that is profoundly unjust, they have been promised a degree that helps them address that. Then they find themselves de-skilled and unable to enact the politics that animate their lives...we need to address that or lose a whole generation of really powerful scholars and activists."
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Hi! I promised everyone yesterday a new blog post with resources from Episode 3: Stephanie Vie.
Here we are, and here you go.
As mentioned in a previous post, I do this because contributors mention great texts/materials and resources they use, or materials that have informed their own teaching of writing in each episode. As you know, Pedagogue is dedicated to making episodes accessible and resources. In Episode 3, Stephanie Vie shares some book club ideas and readings that have worked well with her colleagues at the University of Central Florida, a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).
Here are some of the resources mentioned/referenced during our conversation:
Social Writing/Social Media: Publics, Presentations, and Pedagogies edited by Douglas M. Walls and Stephanie Vie
Technology and Literacy: A Story about the Perils of Not Paying Attention by Cynthia L. Selfe
Writing in an Age of Surveillance, Privacy & Net Neutrality by Estee Beck, Angela Crow, Heidi McKee, Colleen A. Reilly, Jennifer deWinter, Laura Gonzales, and Danielle Nicole DeVoss
Teaching What You Don't Know by Therese Huston
College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It by Richard Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo
Teaching Underprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education by Kathleen F. Gabriel and Sandra M. Flake
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success by Wendy Belcher
I hope this helps,
Hi, everyone! There's a lot going on over here and a lot happening over the next several days. I wanted to give you all an update.
First, resources mentioned in Episode 3: Stephanie Vie will be posted tomorrow in this blog so stay tuned for a new post. There are a lot of great resources Stephanie talks about that can encourage faculty to come together to talk about teaching and writing -- and some great resources that might help others in similar local contexts. Some great books for book club ideas.
The first bonus episode is going to be released next week. These episodes are going to be stylized like this --- Pedagogue Bonus: _______________. And they are going to be on a singular topic/question and around 5-10 minutes long. You can read more about the idea behind this here.
Pedagogue Bonus: Re-imagining English Graduate Education (w/Steve Parks)
This is a great [7-8 minute] clip about how graduate education can be better formed to prepare and train students for all types of work. You can vote for when you want to hear that bonus episode. So go here and vote for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
And last thing for now! The good people in the Working and Writing for Change series, an imprint series of Parlor Press, wanted to help support the podcast and increase its visibility. If you want, you can check it out here.
As always, thanks for all the support
In this episode, Steve Parks talks about the writing classroom as a space for validating students' literacy, how he shifts his identity to help create a more inclusive classroom, and strategies for developing and sustaining community partnerships.
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Hi everyone, the Twitter poll resulted in a Friday, 07/12 release date (tomorrow!). Here were the official results: Wednesday 33%; Thursday 25%; Friday 42%.
I might do more polls like this in the future because it's another way to interact and collaborate with you all, which is something I'm really trying to make a priority for Pedagogue. I like knowing who's listening, what people are taking away from the episodes, how people are re-imagining their teaching and classrooms. Those are all things I want to hear about, things I care about, so please feel free to post, tweet, or comment below these blog posts.
I'm excited to share this new episode with you all tomorrow. This is a great episode for those of us interested in incorporating a social justice based approach to teaching writing, and for those of us interested in building community partnerships and having our classroom work with local organizations.
I'll be writing a post next week about the resources mentioned from Episode 3: Stephanie Vie (like I did for the Mike Rose episodes). Vie gave us a lot to think about in terms of professional/faculty development, and some real practical ways to help foster and support writing in our programs and departments, such as starting a reading/book club with our colleagues. Stay tuned for that post.
Thanks for caring,
Hi all, I'm excited to announce that a new episode is going to be released next week. You can vote on the release date via Twitter. So go place your vote on the poll for Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
In the new episode, I talk with Steve Parks, an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. In Episode 4, we talk about social justice-based approaches to teaching writing and building community partnerships. We talk a lot about how to support marginalized voices in the classroom, how to challenge and critique institutional values that suppress those voices, how to create inclusive writing classrooms, and how to best build partnerships with local organizations.
Remember to follow this blog for new information and updates. You'll hear it here first before Twitter and Instagram. Stay tuned for another blog post about a bonus episode being released.
Thanks for listening and caring,
Hi all, I'm going to use this space to brainstorm and ask questions, in addition to uploading episodes and providing resources, to those following along and interested in hearing about things. This past week I started wondering about what it would look like to release bonus episodes.
Before saying more about that, my schedule for full episode releases would be the same -- 3 to 4 weeks. I'm also trying to keep each episode around the same time -- 20 to 25 minutes. There's lot of good content from conversations that you don't get to hear. Each conversation is about an hour long so I'm editing out quite a bit to get within 20-25 minutes.
What do you think about bonus episodes in the in-between weeks? Maybe around the same time I'm uploading resources mentioned in previous episodes and conversations. Would you be interested in listening to something like that? I was thinking these bonus episodes could be 5 to 10 minutes, and could cover a single question. That question would be practical in nature: how-to / how-do-you / an advice-driven question and answer.
Tell me what you think (comment below?). And please feel free to comment with a question you'd like to ask a teacher in this bonus episode format. I might create a poll on Twitter to see if there's any interest. Oh yeah, I'm going to start posting quotes on Instagram from previous episodes, too. I'm still learning and trying to figure things out. What works, what doesn't, what y'all would like to hear / see. Thanks for following along and being collaborators.
Until next time,
In this episode, Stephanie Vie talks about using social media in the writing classroom, students' responses to social media writing assignments, and how she is mentoring graduate students and working closely with program directors to help support writing initiatives within her department.
Hi all, I wrote a blog post for Teacher-Scholar-Activist about Pedagogue. If you want, give it a read. I talk more about the purpose behind the podcast.
Here's an excerpt:
"Most of my favorite conversations happen inside the classroom with students. The classroom is where local communities happen; where people come together and diverse perspectives are heard, where we listen to one another and grow together....there's also another space I find extremely generative and transformational -- and that's when we come together as teachers and colleagues to talk about teaching. You know, when we sit around the same table and ask questions: what are you doing in class? what's working? what's not working? what's it like teaching this type of writing task or engaging with that type of reading? how are students responding? how are you being an advocate for students and their labor? Pedagogue has the potential to make these localized table conversations larger, which can hopefully serve as a resource for teachers."
Thanks for reading,
Hi everyone, as I've mentioned in previous posts, I want this blog space to be an additional resource for teachers and scholars as well as a space for more conversation to exist. So after each episode, during the in-between weeks, I'm going to post resources that were mentioned in previous episodes. Contributors often mention different texts/materials they use in the classroom, or that has informed their own teaching and writing. My hope is these posts will be accessible and will help bring more attention to these resources.
I had the good fortune to talk with Mike Rose for Episode 1 and Episode 2. Here are some of the resources mentioned during our conversations:
2015 Kenyon Review interview with Mike Rose
Lives on the Boundary: The Struggles and Achievements of America's Educationally Underprepared by Mike Rose
Rhetorical Listening: Identification, Gender, Whiteness by Krista Ratcliffe
Critical Strategies for Academic Thinking and Writing by Mike Rose and Malcolm Kiniry
Of Human Potential: An Essay in the Philosophy of Education by Israel Scheffler
I hope this helps,
Hi all, Episode 3 will be released this Friday, 06/21. We have a wonderful guest joining us. Stephanie Vie! Stephanie is someone I really look up to, someone who is an advocate for graduate students and junior faculty and their work/labor. In Episode 3, we talk about social media in the writing classroom, how social media can be used for building community, we talk about her research on how students perceive social media working with writing, we discuss privacy, surveillance and ethics, mentoring teachers and supporting writing initiatives in programs and departments.
Here's an excerpt from our conversation about using social media in the writing classroom:
"I've realized that as I've done more and more with social media in my teaching that when you incorporate it, you're opening up avenues for really wonderful, magical things to happen, and you're opening up these possibilities for ethical challenges that you need to think through ahead of time."
Thanks for listening and sharing,
In this episode, Mike Rose talks about valuing interdisciplinary knowledge in the classroom, he shares how he responds to student writing, he talks about what he’s reading, and his tentative title to his new book.
One of the good things about this blog is a chance for me to let you know more about Pedagogue, specifically, what I'm thinking, what I'm doing, and my plans for the podcast. Of course, another good thing is for me to reflect on conversations with the contributors and to bring attention to some resources they might mention during those conversations. I see this blog space, again, as a chance to further foster discussion, support diverse voices, and celebrate pedagogical successes.
If you follow along, you'll be the first to hear about episode releases (before Twitter or Instagram). With that being said, my plan is to release episodes every 3 to 4 weeks. Right now, that's going to be the best schedule -- it will help keep me focused on my own teaching, writing, and service. Podcasting takes a lot of time and energy (e.g. editing, transcribing), and I want to produce good quality material.
So, I'm excited about the potential for this podcast, and I'm excited to share the release of our next episode: Episode 2: Mike Rose (pt. 2) will be released Friday, 05/31. Be looking for that. And please, subscribe, rate/review, and share.
Until next time,
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