Found Object: Expository Writing Materials, c. 1999

aimee_teslaw_expos_supplements_jan2022

Location: English Department Alumni Facebook Group, posted by Aimee Teslaw (MA ’00).
Object: Textbook supplements for university required writing courses ENGL 100 and ENGL 200, c. 1999.
Observations: 1) Aimee: “Went through some drawers. Found some relics of the late ‘90s.”  2) We love seeing traces of earlier K-State English experiences! 3) These spiral-bound supplements were typically packaged for sale with a textbook — Writing Arguments by John Ramage and John Bean, for instance, with the supplement for ENGL 200. 4) Today, students use an Open Alternative Textbook (open access textbook) for ENGL 100 and ENGL 200.


aimee_teslaw_expos_transparencies_jan2022

Location: English Department Alumni Facebook Group, posted by Aimee Teslaw (MA ’00).
Object: Transparencies for university required writing courses ENGL 100 and ENGL 200, c. 1999.
Observations: 1) Aimee: “transparencies!! I had to explain them to my kids. 👵🏻“. 2) The writing workshop process outlined here is still visible in aspects of our pedagogy for Expository Writing and the Writing Center, if adapted and adjusted for online and hybrid modalities.


aimee_teslaw_expos_tvals_jan2022

Location: English Department Alumni Facebook Group, posted by Aimee Teslaw (MA ’00).
Object: TEVALs (teaching evaluations) for university required writing courses ENGL 100 and ENGL 200, c. 1999.
Observations: 1) Aimee: “Had to explain to my husband that yes, despite the Tevals being on green-and-white computer paper, it was 1999 and not 1979. 😉”  2) In the 2010s, K-State’s Center for Teaching and Learning started printing TEVAL results on standard 8 1/2 by 11 paper, which made them much easier to file! 3) Pre-COVID, English was one of the last departments that preferred paper TEVALs to online TEVALs for in-person classes. Like so much in our COVID world, our TEVAL process has shifted online… which means we have a lot of #2 pencils wrapped in rubber bands, in bunches of 10, to use for other purposes!

Alumni: Have you uncovered, like Aimee, photographic traces of your time in the K-State English Department that you’d like to share? Send it along to english@ksu.edu for possible publication on the blog, so we can all enjoy a walk down memory lane.

Karin Westman, Department Head

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