"Good learners, like everyone else, are living, squirming, questioning, perceiving, fearing, loving, and languaging nervous systems, but they are good learners precisely because they believe and do certain things that less effective learners do not believe and do." -Postman and Weingartner (31)
Welcome to my teaching blog!
I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. This is my nineteenth year of teaching composition. I’ve served at both the high school and college level, and previously taught in Saginaw, MI; Tempe, AZ; and Auburn Hills, MI.
My bachelor’s degree in English is from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. My master’s degree in English Composition and Communication is from Central Michigan University, and I earned my Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition here at Wayne State. In my dissertation, I studied the impact of inquiry-based and reflective teaching and learning strategies on students’ preparation for future learning and development of rhetorical awareness.
My current projects include researching mentoring practices, rhetorical responsibility, and the ways students inscribe metacognition in reflective writing tasks. I chair the Composition Program Mentoring Committee, and enjoy talking with GTAs about their teaching experiences and goals. I’m also a faculty member of the Composition Learning Community.
While this site houses my c.v. and information about my research and teaching, in past semesters I have also used the site to highlight my students’ work. You can see some of these examples on the home page feed.
If you have questions about the things you see here, or would like to talk, email me at dx1044(at)wayne(dot)edu or follow me @AdrienneJankens