Conference Session Preview–Wait…What? I Have Superpowers????

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Judy Grigg Hansen, College of Southern Idaho “Awakening Students’ Sensory Superpowers” Some people think genius is all in the genes, but new research shows that each of us has creative superpowers waiting to be discovered and developed. In this workshop, we will experiment with the […]

Conference Session Preview–Know Thyself

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Staci Petrillo, Lorie Paldino, and Maureen Fitzpatrick, Johnson County Community College “The Human Being Project: Cultivating Self-Awareness Through Liberal Education”  How does education make you a better human being? We posed this question to our students. Over 250 responded, posting their answers on a prominent wall […]

Conference Session Preview–Death to the Death Penalty Paper!

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Laurel Smith, Bri Kerschner, and Maura Smyth, Century College “No More Papers on the Death Penalty! Engage Your Students’ Creativity with the Change Your Neighborhood Argument Assignment” One of the most dreaded assignments in freshman composition is the researched argument. Unsure how to develop interesting […]

TYCA to You–To essay, or not to essay

…that is the question! In the September call for feedback from TYCA Midwest followers, we’re talking about the essay as genre. How relevant is the essay genre to today’s college students? What other genres do you teach in your composition courses? Please use the link below to respond to these and other questions on the topic. Your […]

Meet the Board–Andrew Anastasia

Andrew is the Membership Coordinator for TYCA Midwest. He is assistant professor of English at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. His research and professional interests include social justice assessment praxis, basic writing pedagogy, queer and feminist pedagogies, and psychodynamic group relations theory. He recently completed his Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition at the […]

TYCA to You–Hybrid Composition Courses

In the next edition of TYCA to You, we’ll be talking about hybrid composition courses and how they work for you. Interested in offering your two-cents? Here’s what we’d like to know… 1) How does your school handle hybrid courses? Do students have to take orientation to sign up? Do these classes count as a regular […]

Office Hours–Proposal Writing Tips for First-Timers

Proposal Writing Tips for First-Timers by Michelle Byrne, University of Akron I wrote my first conference presentation proposal when I was first hired at my college. I had never heard of TYCA, never written a presentation proposal, was brand new to my college, and clueless. Fortunately, I had three outstanding colleagues who ignored all that […]

TYCA to You–Politics in the Classroom

Dear TYCA Midwest Members:  Let your voice be heard! Please respond to the survey below about the role politics should (or shouldn’t) play in the composition classroom. The survey has 6 questions and shouldn’t take you much longer than 5 minutes. Your feedback on these questions may be used in the next Midwest Update in the […]

Message from the Chair–Losing My Patience

Losing My Patience by Michelle Byrne, University of Akron My students wonder why writing is “so hard.” My students just want me to tell them “how to do it.” They ask me to help them brainstorm, and they wonder if they are “doing it right.” In years past, I am usually patient with them. College […]

Conference Reflection–Ode to TYCA

So, maybe there’s a reason I leave TYCA-MW last, when I do attend. Maybe I am meant to be the non-elected, unofficial reflector of the event. Maybe I’ve become that person because I travel the farthest, typically, to TYCA-MW, being the North Dakota rep and all. Maybe it’s because I love to write journal entries about my life […]