Ashley Gwinn

Proposal: Conduction of a yearlong syllabus


  • Help us to diagram our year so that we know which examples we need to make, and it will teach us a vital piece of writing that all teachers need to know how to do.
  • to think about the long term, and plan how to incorporate the ideas that we have learned thus far
  • shows us how to handle everything in a semester

What to do:

Day One: sampling of example syllabi, and break into small groups (each with a syllabus) and make a collaborative list of the components of the syllabus that we would like to mimic.

Day Two: study the Michigan educational requirements for secondary education in our majors, discussion about how to pace our class to meet all of these, and to accomplish our goals

Exam:  polished draft of our potential syllabi, and then present those syllabi to one another so that everyone’s great ideas can be shared and learned from

Final at the end thingy: Wouldn’t it be great if we had a leg up on the other beginning teachers, if we could take one more thing off of our worry list, and if we could enter the doors of our new place of work feeling prepared?

Daniel Slane

Proposal: further reconciling assessment with encouragement and instruction


  • need to understand assessment as a form of instruction instead of a fruititive act by the teacher after instruction ends
    • further research, reading case studies of those teacher researchers that focus their attention on assessment
    • We need to try grading on actual student papers
    • Assign letter grades
    • Grade our own papers

Desiree Brown

Proposal: Need to do more with lesson plans and get the whole picture


  • learn how to map out a whole year of writing instruction
    • This would help us all to see how our one lesson plan fits into the bigger picture; were and when it should be taught
    • look at the Michigan GLECs and some district course guides
      • would have a basic idea of what is expected, both by the state and by individual districts
      • Discuss time management

Jacob McDougall

Proposal: need to be able to read, interpret, discuss, formulate their own ideas, then to write them out with clarity


  • look at our GLICEs and expectations of different districts and perhaps even go through a set of curriculum brainstorming and hashing out ways to effectively reach our students
  • Have our final exam be a short essay that expresses our most important value
  • Take action, not talk things to death

Jamie Linari

Proposal: Look at the big picture


  • Look at yearlong plans
  • Look at standards

Kaitlynn Hill

Proposal: Focus on creative individualist writing


  • have diverse writing assignments that make us better writers
  • write a personal essay about something that we are interested in
  • make it a completion grade
  • no exam

Katie Reilly

Proposal: Need to see the whole picture


  • form a class plan, we will be able to look at activities presented in the readings and class more closely and two we can see where the activities and lessons fit together in a classroom

It’s a lengthy project but will get everybody together to struggle and put in ideas for a year long plan

Kelly Gordon

Proposal: explore how one creates a curriculum map for the year

  • Look at a 7th grade year
  • Do a revision session
  • Revisit our blog through works of dialogue
  • Post important literacy ideas
  • Finalize our classroom community

Kendra Woody
Proposal: Get an actual lesson plan and see how it would be used in the classroom and see how they meet the standards

  • Have our teacher guide her knowledge and experience for us to learn

Kyristal Olson

Proposals: Keep journal writing, free write, create and try out assignments

Kyra Harris

Proposal: Making writing fun


  • Emotional writing topics
  • Discussion of English topics, and what makes a good writer
  • Small and large group activities build community

Matt Phelps

Proposal: Watch Freedom Writers


  • It will inspire us
  • It has the guy from Grey’s Anatomy
  • It has a two time academy award winner
  • It will teach us some of the worst case possible stuff that can happen in a classroom

Melanie Rabine

Proposal: practicing good teaching methods to prepare ourselves to be more confident


  • activities and assignments with response give us some insight on what works
  • what type of writing do we want to teach and focus on
  • practice this type of writing
  • play teacher
  • prepare for the actual classroom

Melissa Anderson

Proposal: tackle a multi-cultural project, ideas for an entire year syllabus, GLECs, tap into teacher’s knowledge of what works and her experiences

Guiding question and timed writing for exam

Mike Coon

Proposal: foundation of writing instruction

Also issues in what is appropriate for what grade level, and doing an entire year of instruction

Ways to resolve:

  • Dive more deeply with Inside Out and relate it to uses in the classroom
  • Find best foundation of writing
  • Decide what grade fits which topics
  • Year long syllabus

Nicholas Assaf

Proposal: Grading secondary assignments

  • Assessment along with standards helps us grade
  • Complete writing project

Nicole Baniukaitis

Proposal: find conducive approaches to teaching writing


  • Continue writing prompts
  • Figure out the fluency of grammar instruction in lesson plans
  • Figure out what the vast array of writing options and learning how to teach the students the skills needed to be a good writer in anything

Nicole Bronkema

Proposal: introduce mentor texts and know importance of practicing, thinking, basically the stuff in the syllabus.

Rebekka Olson

Proposal: Year long lesson plan

(we never do ones longer than a couple weeks or so)

How to do this:

  1. Know general standards
  2. workshop for syllabus
  3. turn in a draft to be looked at
  4. turn in and write about the process

Robert Coffey

Proposal: Learn the GLECs

Figure out what they are

Ross Daniels

Proposal: new syllabus of sacred writing time, focus on writing activities, exam be one of our projects

Sara Kiel


  • Provide context
  • We lose our job if it we don’t follow them
  • Defends classroom activities
  • Grade papers according to standards

Sara Vruggink

Proposal: year long plan

  • How do you make them, and the process of it
  • How do you synthesize everything we learn for our future students?

Sarah Ponce

Position: Ways to teach everybody and challenge students at the same time. Figure out and perhaps debate what strategies we can use to put our knowledge to the test.

Sean Haak

Proposal: Michigan Content Standards, Writing across curriculums, learn to keep writing fresh

Stephen Foutz

Proposal: STANDARDS, what are they, how do we follow them?