Tom Versteeg
English 98--Writing Lab

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Welcome to English 98--Writing Lab! Check back often for important updates.
Now Until the End

Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, we're heading into the home stretch for our class; as of today (Monday, 17 Nov.), we have twelve (yep, 12) class days left. Folks, of course, are in radically different places regarding the amount of work they've successfully completed. Anyone who's completed Credit Three and is seriously into the reading, annotating, and planning for Credit Four is likely to have time to complete both Credits Four and Five. Those that aren't that far along yet are likely to have time to complete either Credit Four or Five. One reason it's important to get serious work done on at least one of these last couple credits is that I'd need to see that work before I could make a judgment about a possible English 101 recommendation; on the other hand, most anyone who's comfy with an English 99 recommendation can check with me now and probably get the recommendation. In any case, you'll all want to proceed full speed ahead in working through the collaborative writing process on whatever assignment you're working on at the moment, and on as many subsequent assignments as you can accomplish.


Some Food for Thought from the Grumpy Teacher. . .

It will come as a surprise to no one that we have little time left (a mere10 class days as of the afternoon of Tuesday the 18th) and that most folks have lots of work left to do (see the companion announcement, "Now Until the End," for reasons why it's a good idea to get as much of that work as possible done). Given these circumstances, of course students will have to put in a good deal of effort outside of class time to get their work done; that outside-of-class effort might involving a sustained session of reading and annotating or, if the necessary reading's been done, it might involve completing the next step in whatever writing process a given student is involved in. However, as well as time outside of class, you have ten hours left in class to complete work--time anyone would be smart to take advantage of, especially since, unless you make a special trip to my office outside of class time, our classroom is the only place to have the required conferences with me, the only place the "collaborative" and "guided" parts of the practice you're engaging in can take place. That's why it was a shock to scope out our classroom a little after 9:00 this morning: three or four folks were actually engaged in the work of the class. Everybody else was either staring at their phone, checking out some non-class site on the web, or just gabbing. This is a choice each student makes; I can't force you do the work of the class and I wouldn't want to if I could. In the long run, each individual is responsible for his or her own learning. Pretty obviously, some students in our class accepted that responsibility from day one, and just as obviously, others haven't very fully or consistently accepted it. For the ten days we have remaining, I invite each of you to commit fully to your learning. But, of course, that's up to you. . . .