Monday, January 31, 2011

Next #FYCchat Topic

This week, Wednesday, February 2 (February? Wait, when did that happen?) at 9 PM EST, the topic will be resources. In other words, the resources you use to "enhance" your class: free online resources, social media, on-site resources such as writing centers or tutors, or publisher-provided resources (such as, but not limited to, Norton's Writing area or textbook-specific teacher resources like assignments, tests, syllabus, etc).

Spread the word! Let us share what we like (and don't like) that's out there for us!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Archive of #FYCchat from 1/26/11

Talking about grammar certainly sparked quite a conversation! It was probably the best #FYCchat to date. It included discussion about best practices for teaching grammar, incorporating writing center consultations, defining grammar, using educational technology, and considering error policies. 

For those of you who didn't make it to the party or want to relive the moment, here is the archive from January 26's #FYCchat:

#FYCchat 1.25.11

If you like what you read, don't forget to join us on Wednesday, February 2 at 9 pm EST for the next #FYCchat.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Look, we're famous!

Sort of. But a shout-out in the Chronicle is no small thing.  Thanks to #FYCchat-er Erin Templeton for writing the piece about us.

Remember, Wednesday, 9 PM EST, we're talking about grammar this week. Ugh. I mean, yippy! Grammar!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Topic for this Wednesday's Chat (01/26)

We're going to be talking about grammar: Do you teach grammar in your First Year Composition class? Why or why not? How do you teach it or integrate it into the course? Any good exercises, essays, textbooks, approaches that work particularly well?

Also, look tomorrow (Monday) on the Chronicle's ProfHacker blog...

See everyone on Wednesday night, 9 PM EST. Remember, follow #FYCchat on Twitter!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Archive of #FYCchat from 1/19/11

For those of you who missed out or who just want to refresh their memories, here is the archive from the #FYCchat that took place on January 19. The topic of conversation was favorite assignments.

#FYCchat 1.19.11

If you like what you read, don't forget to join us on January 26 for the next #FYCchat.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Next #FYCchat Topic is...

Your favorite assignment(s). Let us share what has worked well for us in the past, and see how we can make a good assignment even better!

Remember, 9 PM EST, on Twitter, follow #FYCchat.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Archive of #FYCchat from 1/12/11

Here is the link to the very first #FYCchat archive:

#FYCchat 1.12.11

Like what you see? Spread the word!

We hope to see some new names join us next week.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

And Our First Topic is...

In honor of the first week of school/last week of preparation, the first topic for #FYCchat (Wed, Jan 12, 9 PM EST) is: what are the arches/themes/progressions of your Freshman Writing course? How do you plan it out? Where is the beginning and end? How do you visualize or map out the semester, or do you play it more by ear?

See you all tomorrow night!

Monday, January 10, 2011

#FYCchat on Whatthehashtag

That's right! The very first #FYCchat is almost here. To make following along with all of your favorite new tweeples easy, here is a link to #FYCchat's Whatthehashtag page:

Whatthehashtag is a wiki of Twitter hashtags. It makes for simple following and tweeting without forgetting to add the hashtag. It also gives you some basic statistics about the users and use of the #FYCchat hashtag.

Before the big night-- this Wednesday, January 12 at 9 pm EST-- you can go on and vote for your favorite topic of discussion.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Very First Chat Will Be...

Wednesday, January 12th, at 9 PM Eastern. The hashtag to use is #FYCchat. Use the hashtag anytime to share information, ask questions, or just add to the discussion anytime. But be there on Wednesday, January 12th, so we can get to know each other and start our own PLN (Personal Learning Network) to improve our teaching.

Not sure how to follow a Twitter Chat? Visit the Cybrary Man's website specifically for educators looking to use Twitter.

Please spread the word. The more people involved, the better the chat will be.

Stay tuned, our first topic will be announced shortly...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Welcome to #FYCchat!

This is the companion site for the weekly Twitter chat #FYCchat that takes place on Wednesday evenings. Here you will find the weekly topics, useful links, and chat archives.

The First Year Composition Chat is the brainchild of myself and comPOSITIONblog, Nicole P. We (and many others) wanted a place to share idea, discuss best practices, compare notes, and vent about the challenges and rewards of teaching First Year Composition/Freshman Writing/ENG 101.

If you have never participated in a Twitter chat before, I recommend you check out Cybrary Man's very helpful Twitter guide for educators. It looks overwhelming, but trust me, bookmark it and go back every time you have a question or problem.

Spread the word! #FYCchat is here!