WLN News Round-Up: March 28-April 10

Here’s some of what has been on the WLN news radar lately:

“Two-For-One Deal: Killing Boredom with Procrastination”- Lindsay Oden asserts that students are particularly susceptible to apathetic boredom, which he defines as “that feeling of helplessness or desperation produced by overwhelming circumstances when we procrastinate.” He outlines some specific strategies for avoiding apathetic boredom, such as organizing your workspace. [Inside Higher Ed]

From Inside Higher Ed

From Inside Higher Ed

“What counts as academic writing? #ACWri”- Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega discusses the focus within academic writing on creating “generative text” and asserts that we should place more value on “non-generative text,” such as emails to colleagues and handwritten notes. [Raul Pacheco]

“An Exercise in Bad Writing”- Dr. Amitava Kumar describes assigning “bad writing” to his students in both fiction and non-fiction writing classes. He explains that through the exercise, students have an opportunity to be creative and identify clichéd writing practices. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

WLN News Round-Up: March 16-27

Here’s some of what has been on the WLN news radar lately:

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 12.53.52 PMEverything I Know about Writing I Learned From The Bachelor“- Hillary Wentworth, a writing instructor at Walden University, explores the similarities between writing and The Bachelor. My favorite comparison is the one between academic writing and a group date! [Walden University Writing Center]

“Order and Chaos in English Spelling”- Dr. Anne Curzan discusses the assertion that English orthography makes no sense. For those who claim that they would like English spelling to have less irregularities, she offers the challenge: “Which irregular spellings are you willing to part with?” [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

“What Grammar Pedants and Fashion Victims Have in Common”– In honor of National Grammar Day in the United Staes, which was March 4, this article asserts that grammar rules are often as arbitrary and situational as those of fashion. [The Conversation]

Check out this quote from the article:

If your shoes and handbag don’t match, both items will still be entirely practical. In the same way, ending a sentence with a preposition – location words such as on, in – will not make the message less understandable, yet both, to pedantic minds, show a disregard for what is right and proper.

“How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent”- This piece details how a middle school library in Ohio used trends in makerspaces and personalized learning to transform their library. The post includes a list of technology in the new learning center and a video detailing the transformation of the space. [Cult of Pedagogy]

“How To Beat Creative Blocks”– The video below is from the series “The Science of Us” and discusses how creativity increases as we keep working on a project. My question is: What strategies can tutors use to help writers keep working through difficult subjects and ideas? Let us know in the comments! [New York Magazine]