Penny Freel & Rachel Rigolino Finding a Place Outside the First-Year Classroom
BW Classroom • Safe space • Contact Zone • Community of learners
BW Classroom • Segregated • By whom? • For what purpose? • Ira Shor’s Institutional “Apartheid”
Moving Outside the Classroom Pedagogical Reasons • Establishing Public Voice • Writing for audience • Beyond comfort zone: stretching • Writing: Published • Validation of student texts • Further polishing of prose • Student Self-Confidence
Moving Outside the Classroom “Political” Reasons • University Officially Recognizes Students: Members of the Academic Community (Visible) • Funding for Supplemental Instruction • Accessibility to Institution
Means/Ways • Student Readings: Open to the Public • Publications • Web Presence/ Social Media • Community-based Writing (Service-Learning Projects) (See recent JBW Call)
Situated in English Department Sponsorship: Crosses Departments/ Programs
Instructor Observation It makes them [the students] think about themselves, how they see the world and how they think the world sees them. - P.C.
Instructor Observation Many of them have been beat down about their writing [ . . . ] When they are presented the publication, they are so proud of it. Their faces beam. - P.H.
Student Observation Sometimes students come along way though school or life like myself, without even being told that we have a great voice, like you have told me, or that they have a talent in writing, period[ . . .] you take the time to see people shine through their words and give them a chance to shine by portraying them and their work at Fresh Perspectives. - F.B.
Student Observation When I hosted Fresh Perspectives, I knew many other people shared the same feeling as I did, the feeling of being honored for performing well on an essay [. . . ] Having my essay published was very important to me, and I knew it was to other people, too. – A.S.
Student Observation It did boost my confidence in the other essays that I had to write; I wanted to keep that feeling of accomplishment. – D.P.
Tutor Observation Presenting in front of their peers not only boosts their morale, but shows the changes that they have been in the year. It encourages the students to be proud of their grades and the work they have created. – N.A.
Dean Schiffer Watching these students read their poems, stories, and brief essays— seeing their pride and new-found confidence in their ability to express themselves in written English--shows our university in the best of all possible lights.