Academic Portfolio Projects

Projects Created for My Master’s Degree

Lesson Plan for a Community College-Level Business Writing Class (Teaching Professional Communication, English 7745, Summer 2011) 
            Teaching teachers can be tricky; teaching students who don’t want to learn can be even trickier. This class was extremely appropriate and helpful because about halfway through it, I found out that I had been hired to teach my very first college course. The project, which I’ve included here, was to create a lesson plan. Not only did I create a lesson plan, but I also successfully used it the next semester. I was able to use the technical communication textbook I chose during this class as a supplement to the assigned textbook. I put the practical how-tos of creating lesson plans to work almost immediately.
Satisfaction Rating: 7


What Community College Writing Teachers Need to Know About Engaging Students: A White Paper (Internship, English 6740, Fall 2011 )             
           What’s the difference between active learning and passive learning, and does the teaching method really matter? The short answer is that active teaching styles lead to more engaged learners, which lead to more actual learning occurring. How do I, as a community college instructor teaching first-year writing classes, get our students to engage?
            “What Community College Writing Teachers Need to Know About Engaging Students: A White Paper” was created as part of an independent study/internship in conjunction with my teaching my first business communication class at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina. The paper incorporates my extensive reading list on writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines, writing to learn, and learning to write.

Satisfaction Rating: 6

Training Project: Multiple Intelligences, Cognitive Model Lesson Template,  and Comparison Chart–Nine Events vs. Cognitive Model (Training in Professional Communication, English 7746, Spring 2012)
            This multiple intelligences website training project, while aimed at homeschoolers, contains many applications for those teaching in community colleges that can be gleaned from the research.
            The basic premise is that everyone is smart in different ways. We can’t all be Einsteins and Hemingways—at the same time. Being able to create a beautiful piece of music shows intelligence just as much as being able to run a complicated football maneuver and just as much as being able to solve a logic puzzle.
            Those who homeschool can easily tailor their children’s education to their best ways of learning while helping them to broaden their capabilities. Those who teach in community colleges, while not able to tailor everything in their classrooms, can still make sure that they include a wide variety of learning opportunities so everyone can learn well.

Satisfaction Rating: 7

Teaching Philosophy Statement (Advanced Teaching Professional Communication, English 7765, Summer 2012) 
            My summer 2012 how-to-teach class was also my favorite class ever. It was full of practical ideas as well as the underlying theories. My classmates had varying levels of classroom experience, but all had ideas to share. I learned a lot about myself, what I’ve been doing right, and what I need to work on. A good teacher is always learning.
            I chose to use the summative paper for the class, my teaching statement, as the main paper for my Comprehensive Assessment Project; however, the version included here is the original paper I turned in for the class.

Satisfaction Rating: 6

Teaching Grammar to High School ESL Students (Applied Linguistics for ESL Teachers, English 6529, Fall 2012)
            I chose to take this class because I deal with many people who do not speak English as their first language. I may or may not ever teach English as a second language as a class unto itself, but the principles that I am learning in this class will help me to communicate clearly with speakers of other languages in my current community college writing classes. 


Literature Review: Writing Classes That Go the Distance (Research Methods, English 7701, Fall 2010)
            This research theories class was my very first master’s class after a long absence from the academic world—at least as a student. It was actually an excellent introduction to the modern world of research and writing. I learned about many of the online resources as well as many specific technical and professional communication resources that are available. This class was important for two particular reasons: to introduce me to a new area of academics (my bachelor’s degrees are in other topics) and to introduce me to the arena of online classes and research.
Satisfaction Rating: 6

Survey Research Topic: Electronic Editing in Technical Communication (Research Design, English 7702, Spring 2011)
     This required research design class was eyeopening in that it helped to train my brain in what makes good, solid, academic research. If I’m looking for research on a particular topic, I know what to look for and what to avoid. Creating my own research project enabled me to identify more with other studies completed in the online editing field. 
Satisfaction Rating: 4

Writing and Editing
Online Learning and Writing for the Web Table of Links (Electronic Writing and Publishing for the Web, English 7766, Summer 2011) 
            The table of links was created as a CSS assignment. I first found the websites that I wanted to use on online learning and writing. Then I wrote the annotations following Margaret Woodworth’s rhetorical precis format. Finally, I created a Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) and uploaded it to this website. 
            For this class’s summative project, I created the beginnings of this web-based portfolio. I decided that I would get a head start on my C.A.P. portfolio to be able to add to it a little bit at a time, instead of trying to create a huge project all at once at the end of my master’s degree.
            I incorporated the graphic and design principles I learned in this class in the creation of this website. While I did learn some basic CSS and HTML principles, I elected to go with a WYSIWYG web editor for ease of creation. My emphasis was on creating web content, not on creating the coding to create the website.

Satisfaction Rating: 6

Technical Editing Punctuation Project (project received a perfect grade, Copyediting in Professional Communication, English 6721, Fall 2011) 
             Good grammar equals effective and efficient communication skills. Likewise, the ability to tighten up a piece of writing is an important skill for teachers of writing as well as for editors.
            I included this piece of editing to show the breadth of my interests and abilities in the technical and professional communication field. This project received a perfect grade. Someday, I may be able to teach a basic editing class at the community college. 

Satisfaction Rating: 7

Educational Differences Between Colonizers and the Colonialized (World Literature Written in English, English 6360, Summer 2012)  
                    World Literature Written in English did not specifically prepare me to teach technical and professional communication; however, it broadened my horizons to see more clearly issues with other cultures, their histories, and their educational abilities and achievements. It also prepared me for the possibility of teaching literature classes at the community college level.
                My research findings indicated that colonization did affect the education attainments of those who were colonized in a negative way. I specifically read books and articles that dealt with Great Britain’s colonization of India and Africa. I found no differences based on whether the colonized students were educated in their home countries or in Great Britain. 

Satisfaction Rating: 5