PWR's Blog Posts

RBA Bingo

Overview: This interactive activity uses a variation on the typical Bingo game to invite students to reflect on their research journey and the process of writing an RBA.

Author: Meg Formato

Activity Name: RBA Bingo

Class: PWR 1/PWR 2

Pedagogy, trauma, and healing - Readings for a transitional fall: September Sessions Readings 2021

As we move from a tumultuous year of remote learning back toward a fall of on-campus teaching experiences, it’s hard not to think about the very real pressures of this particular pedagogical moment.  Teaching this fall will not be “normal”; our pedagogy will continue to be influenced by the ongoing experiences of life in a pandemic.  As teachers and as individuals, it's impossible not to be thinking about how trauma, anxiety, resilience, and healing will factor into our lived experience of the upcoming year.

People, Place and Purpose: Insights from PWR-LSP’s Return to on Campus Teaching

Pictured above; LSP Research Poster Session 2021 (Photo Credit: Jenne Stonaker)

If you are a PWR lecturer, you’re probably thinking a lot about the upcoming return to teaching in a classroom. You may be feeling excited or anxious (or more likely excited and anxious). What you might not realize is that some of our colleagues- Mutallip Anwar, Meg Formato, Jennifer Johnson, and Lisa Swan-- have already made that transition as part of the 2021 Leland Scholars Program (LSP). 

The Empath, the Sweetheart, and the Skeptic

This innovative modification of a peer response activity asks students to pitch their thesis statements to each other in small groups, with respondents playing the roles of an active listener (empath), a "Sweetheart" (someone who really loves the thesis statement), and then the Skeptic (someone critical of the thesis statement).  The activity will help students both support and challenge their peers’ arguments, while also cultivating a sense of the importance of audience, listening, and responding among members of the group.

Up Close with Student Award Winners: June 2021

In this issue, we’re pleased to feature the winners of the Boothe Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing from Fall 2020 and Winter 2021.  Please note that the Fall Boothe Prize winner has asked to remain anonymous, and so is not featured on this page.  All these students were honored at an online awards ceremony in May 2021; you can view the full Boothe Prize book, complete with students essays and instructor forwards, through this link