First Time Up: An Insider'S Guide For New Composition Teachers

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Utah State University Press, Sep 30, 2005 - Education - 220 pages
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"First time up?"—an insider’s friendly question from 1960s counter-culture—perfectly captures the spirit of this book. A short, supportive, practical guide for the first-time college composition instructor, the book is upbeat, wise but friendly, casual but knowledgeable (like the voice that may have introduced you to certain other firsts). With an experiential focus rather than a theoretical one, First Time Up will be a strong addition to the newcomer’s professional library, and a great candidate for the TA practicum reading list.

Dethier, author of The Composition Instructor’s Survival Guide and From Dylan to Donne, directly addresses the common headaches, nightmares, and epiphanies of composition teaching—especially the ones that face the new teacher. And since legions of new college composition teachers are either graduate instructors (TAs) or adjuncts without a formal background in composition studies, he assumes these folks as his primary audience.

Dethier’s voice is casual, but it conveys concern, humor, experience, and reassurance to the first-timer. He addresses all major areas that graduate instructors or new adjuncts in a writing program are sure to face, from career anxiety to thoughts on grading and keeping good classroom records. Dethier’s own eclecticism is well-represented here, but he reviews with considerable deftness the value of contemporary scholarship to first-time writing instructors—many of whom will be impatient with high theory. Throughout the work, he affirms a humane, confident approach to teaching, along with a true affection for college students and for teachers just learning to deal with them.

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This is, like, the first book I've managed to finish in a month. I dipped into this book a lot on and off, and it has a lot of great teaching advice for first-year comp instructors that's presented in ... Read full review

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A good introduction to teaching composition for the first year. Many helpful comments and ideas about pedagogy both practical and theoretical. Can be used as a resource guide since it is not necessary ... Read full review


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Brock Dethier is Coordinator of Advanced Composition at Utah State University, and teaches nonfiction writing, English education, creative writing, American literature, and the novel.

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