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Up Next in ENGL 150/250

In conjunction with the ISUComm Foundation Courses Program’s February Brown Bag Session, which will focus on practicing mindfulness in the writing classroom, instructor Brenna Dixon has prepared an activity and lesson plan focusing on a broader semester vision for each student; the goal of the activity is to encourage students to address their own mindsets … Continue reading Up Next in ENGL 150/250

CATEGORIES: Foundation Courses

Director’s Letter

Dear all, Do you ever get the overwhelming urge to make something? This week, I’m going to make a green curry and a realistic list of goals for the rest of the semester. I’m also working on making a new nighttime routine that involves fewer Northern Exposure reruns and more silence. All of these endeavors … Continue reading Director’s Letter

CATEGORIES: Foundation Courses

New TA Q&A

                    Danilo Calle Londono, MA, TESL/AL Hannah Reischaeur, MA, TESL/AL  What do you wish your students knew about you? Danilo: I am passionate about language and teaching. I enjoy conversations about animals and movies. Hannah: I wish my students knew how much I care about their success. … Continue reading New TA Q&A

CATEGORIES: Foundation Courses

Instructor Spotlight: Keeping Online Learning in Line with Katie Fulton

Katie Fulton began teaching at Iowa State as a graduate student in 2007. This was her first foray into the arena of public speaking education, and she was not sure it would be a good fit for her at first. However, she is still teaching Speech Communication classes, as well as Foundation and Advanced Communication … Continue reading Instructor Spotlight: Keeping Online Learning in Line with Katie Fulton

CATEGORIES: Foundation Courses

Get to Know Natalie Meyer: Advocate for Students and the English Department

In 2003, Natalie Meyer’s journey in Iowa State’s English Department began in her undergraduate career as an English major. She continued her education, earning a Master’s degree in Literature in 2008, after which she remained at the university and transitioned into her role as a lecturer. Today, she is involved at Iowa State as an … Continue reading Get to Know Natalie Meyer: Advocate for Students and the English Department

CATEGORIES: Foundation Courses

New TA Q&A

                    TJ Benson, MFA, CWE Ellis Deputy, MA, ENGL What do you wish your students knew about you?  TJ: That I learn from them as well. Ellis: I try to tell my students this, but I hope they know that I’m on their team and want … Continue reading New TA Q&A

CATEGORIES: Foundation Courses

Up Next in ENGL 250

For the first unit of ENGL 250, Rhetorical Analysis, Shaya Kraut has composed a lesson plan meant to build skills and tactics for students as they learn to recognize rhetorical strategies in materials such as biographies, magazine articles, and TED Talks. The lesson plan works to address the goals of ENGL 250, which include: “to … Continue reading Up Next in ENGL 250

CATEGORIES: Foundation Courses

Up Next in ENGL 150

What is the Purpose of a University? As a reflective activity for the first unit of ENGL 150, Cornell Brellenthin has composed a lesson plan that asks students to consider the purpose of universities. This think-group-share activity taps into the four C’s of a good lesson plan: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.  Not only … Continue reading Up Next in ENGL 150

CATEGORIES: Foundation Courses

Director’s Letter

Dear all, One of my priorities as I start my five-year term as Director of ISUComm Foundation Courses is to ensure that our curriculum is what I’m calling AI-aware. You will hear more in the coming months about how you can get involved in our curriculum redesign efforts. For now, we have some exciting opportunities … Continue reading Director’s Letter