Connecting High School and First-year Comp Writing

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According to an article from  Ed Week earlier this year:

survey by ACT finds that 89 percent of high school teachers report their students are “well” or “very well” prepared for college-level work in the subject they teach, while just 26 percent of college instructors say incoming students are “well” or “very well” prepared for entry-level courses.

Somewhere, there is a disconnect.  High school teachers want to prepare their students for college writing and we feel that we are doing so.  But college instructors aren’t seeing that on their end.  That can probably be attributed to the fact that high school and college writing instructors rarely interact when it comes to pedagogy.  There’s almost no line between high school English teachers and college writing instructors.  Most high school teachers I know cobble together their knowledge of college writing from their own experiences and those that alumni share with them.  But it’s time for that to change.

This summer, my colleague Michelle and I are trying to put together a writing roundtable and we need your help!  We are looking for college writing instructors to join us in a discussion about the transition from high school to college writing.  Our goal is to make that transition easier for our students and their college instructors.  We’ve all heard the “rules”: no 1st person, no 2nd person, only use MLA, only use Chicago/APA, etc.  It’s time to put an end to speculation and the broad generalizations.  So if you are a writing instructor at  the college level and can get to Freehold, NJ on July 8th, please join us!

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3 Responses

  1. This is a great idea. I’d love to be involved or listen in. As a high school teacher with students bound for Ivy League colleges, this is something I really want to know.

  2. […] Connecting High School and First-year Comp Writing. […]

  3. You need to spread the word and go more broadly. It’s great you’re doing this locally, but more of this kind of connecting needs to happen on a national level. Few HS teachers show up at College Composition and Communication Conference, and the reverse is also true fo the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, though the latter does a better job of getting some college instructors to the conference. As long as the divide in NCTE exists between college and high school, we won’t even be reading the same NCTE journals.

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