Praxis 2017 Schedule

UW Praxis Conference 2017

Learning through Doing: Crafting Meaning through Making-Oriented Pedagogy

Friday, January 20th, 2017

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Haggett Hall

Schedule Overview:

  • 9:00-9:15 Registration
  • 9:15-9:40 Welcome
  • 9:50-10:50 Concurrent Session A
  • 11:00-12:00 Concurrent Session B
  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch & Keynote
  • 1:40-2:10 Roundtable Session
  • 2:15-2:50 Reflections with Making
  • 2:50-3:00 Closing Words

Registration: 9-9.15 (Cascade)

Welcome: 9.15-9.40 (Cascade)

Concurrent Session A: 9.50-10.50

A1 Open Poster Session Forum (North Cascade) 

In the poster session, presenters will discuss findings from research projects and provide pedagogical advice based on their findings.

  • “A Critical Engagement of Language, Race, and Desire through ePals Instruction Network” -Bonnie Vidrine-Isbell
  • “Kinesthetic Approaches to Writing” - Maria Mills
  • “Exploring the Effectiveness of Collaborative Writing for ESL Students” - Huanshu Yuan

A2 Making College Writing Ready (South Cascade)

This panel discussion will describe English 108, a bridge course designed for students who feel underprepared for college writing to become "writing ready" as they enter college, and then move on to discuss how writing process can be enriched by taking advantage of internet tools and methods of expression from other disciplines.

Panelists: John Webster, Julie Dykema, Chelsea Grimmer, Sarah Faulkner

A3 Making Space for Reflection (Glacier)                                    

Reflection can facilitate transfer between personal, educational, and other spheres of experience. The presenters draw attention to different aspects and implementations of reflection writing in various learning contexts.

  • “The Function of Reflection in the Ecology of Service-Learning Composition” - Roger Chao
  • “Making Space for Personal Writing in the Academy” - Olivia Hernández
  • “Making Student Employment Student-Centered: Meaning-making through Reflective Writing” - Madeline Mundt & Elliott Stevens

A4 Kairos & Agency: Political Activism Writing (Rainier)                             

Recognizing opportune moments for action along with sustained civic engagement offer students agency in their writing and their worlds.

  • “Playing Politics: Using Games to Teach Social Justice” - Dr. Jonathan Rey Lee
  • “Riding and Writing: Engaging Students in Field Work and Analysis” - Matthew Howard
  • “Teaching Homelessness and Service Learning in Freshmen Composition” - Shane Peterson

Concurrent Session B: 11-12

B1 Multimodal Forms & Actions  (North Cascade)

This presentation moves composition beyond the limitations of alphabetic-based texts to identify the value of recognizing and enacting multiple modes in communication.

  • “Collage in the Classroom” - Fontaine Phillips
  • “Embodied Publics: Songwriting, Multimodality, and Meaning Making” - Jacqui Pratt

B2 Mobilizing “Making” Outside the Academy (South Cascade)          

Project-based making-centered work outside the academy builds capacities and structures that create occasions for learning and communication. Presenters will address effective practice and pedagogy for maker-centered learning, building partnerships, communicating impact, and using multimodal elements to amplify texts, rather than simplify them.

  • “Lessons learned building a constructionist learning playground” - Nick Logler
  • “Creating a Magazine for NNESTs Developing Proficiency” - Elsa LaRandeau

B3 Rethinking Interdisciplinary Writing and its Tools (Glacier)

This panel presentation will discuss the findings from surveys and interviews with teachers and students in first-year writing classes on the similarities and disparities in perceived writing challenges.

Panelists: Stephanie Chan, Ray Skidmore, Annie Lewis, Alyse Campbell, Cait Lowe 

B4 Making Inclusive Spaces: International, Multilingual, All Students (Rainier)

This panel will explore how UW faculty members and TAs have tailored their teaching in order to support their increasing numbers of international and multilingual (I/M) students. the panel will discuss the survey results more in depth to advance instructional support across campus toward building a shared toolkit of better teaching and learning practices.

Panelists: Sandra Silberstein, Mutallip Anwar, Ryan Burt, Mihaela Giurca, Katie Malcolm

Keynote: 12-1.30 (Cascade)

Speaker: Ekin Yasin                        

"Actively Global and Globally Active: The Classroom as a window we open to the world"

Transforming classrooms into active learning spaces with the hopes of also transforming students into active citizens is a vital aspect of discussions about college level teaching and learning. At the same time, there is increasing interest in rethinking classrooms as global learning spaces. Scholars working in this vein want to identify effective methods of bringing together diverse identities of students of various backgrounds whilst expanding the scope of class materials to connect to global concerns by rethinking teaching and learning spaces as connected and post-national sites. In this talk, Yasin combines these two discussions to ask: How can we actively engage with global concerns in the classroom and how can we begin to think globally to be active citizens using our college classrooms and class assignments as our model? In exploring the connection between these two theories, Yasin hopes to engage the conference audience with a series of interactive conversations in order to expose the audience also to some teaching and learning techniques that Yasin uses in her classrooms to link active learning with global thinking.

Roundtable Session: 1.40-2.10 

RT1 Telling Our Stories through Writing and Photography (Cascade)

This roundtable discussion will be led by Pipeline Project Director Christine Stickler and students who have taken part in the Literacy through Photography (LTP) projects locally and with tribal communities here in Washington.  LTP encourages students to find their voice through photographs and written text. 

RT2 New Directions in Prison Education (Cascade)

How might we develop prison-teaching practices that are consistent with the aims of current making-oriented pedagogical theory? Educators respond from University Beyond Bars (UBB) and the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS), non-profit organizations that provide access to higher education in Washington State prisons.

RT3 Triggering Town: Making Poems, Sites of Collaboration (Cascade)

The Triggering Town is named after poet Richard Hugo’s cult volume, The Triggering Town, a series of lectures about teaching creative writing.  The roundtable will be a writing studio led by poet, prose writer, teacher and Hugo Scholar Frances McCue, and her colleagues Cali Kopczick and Jack Chelgren.

RT4 Elements of ASL Poetry and Differences from English Poetry (Cascade)

Linguist and language instructor Kristi Winter provides a basic overview of how poets create poetry in American Sign Language. The comparison of poetic features with a few short video clips of the well-known ASL poem will be analyzed to understand certain expressive features.

Reflecting Through Making: 2.15-2.50 (Cascade)

Participants will reflect on the conference and forge connections to their own teaching and writing situations through facilitated making projects.

Facilitators: Kimberlee Gilles-Bridges, Mark Zachry

Closing Words: 2.50-3 (Cascade)