Principals of Pedagogy
- I foster an environment where students have the freedom and discover and advocate for themselves (bell hooks).
- I actively engage students in making decisions about their education including learning objectives and assigned tasks (Rick Stiggins).
- I assess students for growth and offer robust feedback to help students understanding their learning progress (Robert Marzano).
- I reflect constantly on eirs personal identity and role in the world, the classroom community, and other spheres of influence so as to model eirs beliefs (Jim Burke, Peter Elbow).
Principals of Mulitmodality
- Multimodality is practical: It enhances the functionality of the composition and the rhetorical agency of the writer (Jody Shipka).
- Multimodality is fair: It increases the writer’s access to ers available means–resources, audiences, proofs, and talents not often validated in traditional academic settings (Jody Shipka).
- Multimodality is diverse: It legitimizes unlimited forms of critical composition that extend beyond text-based genres while acknowledging the different skills writers may draw upon to make meaning (Cynthia L. Selfe).
- Multimodality is transferable: It requires writers to recognize the intersectionality of literacies across disciplines and sections of their lives (Michael-John DePalma).
Principles of Composition
- Composition deconstructs the meaning of “composition” in a way that decentralizes the power of academia in the art of writing and empowers the writer ability to self-govern ers or her content, structure, form, and style (Cynthia Selfe).
- Composition seeks to create an environment where students feel safe to question the attitudes, values, and ideas of themselves and others in order to engage in critical discussion about society and ethics (bell hooks).
- Composition reinforces the connection between writing, reflecting and learning by asking students to write and reflect regularly on what they know, and what they need to know, and how they can learn (Peter Elbow).
- Composition cultivates a community that values students’ diverse experiences, skills, and beliefs and grant them the confidence and authority to advise and support one another.
- Composition reflects on of the relationship between the writer, audience, message, existence, and contextual factors while composing and allow students to explore the consequence of changing any given factor (Cicero).
Our first defense against tyranny is parrhesia which gives voice to all views. We must teach our students to be rhetors in the name of democracy–good speakers, writers, and thinkers who are not elected. They hold the virtue of power without corruptable responsibility.
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