Session Title

Creative Pedagogies: Approaches to the Commonplace Book (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Sarah E. Parker; Andrea Silva

Organizer Affiliation

Jacksonville Univ.; York College, CUNY

Presider Name

Sarah E. Parker

Paper Title 1

A Case for Student Commonplace Books in Brit Lit I

Presenter 1 Name

Dana Schumacher-Schmidt

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Siena Heights Univ.

Paper Title 2

Opportunities with Omeka: Commonplacing the Early Tudor Reading Experience

Presenter 2 Name

Alison Harper

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Rochester

Paper Title 3

Poetry at Play: Commonplace Books in a Game-Themed Survey

Presenter 3 Name

Nora L. Corrigan

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Mississippi Univ. for Women

Paper Title 4

Productive Disruptions: Using Commonplace Books to Resist Eurocentrism

Presenter 4 Name

Andrea Silva

Paper Title 5

The VCU Commonplace Books

Presenter 5 Name

Joshua Eckhardt

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Virginia Commonwealth Univ.

Paper Title 6

Analogue Commonplace Books in a Digital Age

Presenter 6 Name

Colleen E. Kennedy

Presenter 6 Affiliation

Univ. of Iowa

Paper Title 7

Questions toward Better Commonplace Books

Presenter 7 Name

Matthew Harrison

Presenter 7 Affiliation

West Texas A&M Univ.

Start Date

10-5-2018 10:00 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1005

Description

This roundtable will include seven speakers who will each present practical strategies for using medieval and early modern reading practices in the modern classroom. This session proposes that the use of commonplacing, a reading practice that involved active note-taking, can be especially useful to the modern student encountering the challenges of reading medieval and early modern texts, which sometimes prove intimidating or seem foreign to students. At this particular juncture, when students are facing information overload in forms that often distract from the practice of reading, commonplacing provides students with innovative ways to focus on and make sense of classroom texts. Additionally, commonplacing offers students a sustained practice of experiential learning, encouraging the development a knowledge-creation community that aims to question textual authority and actively join critical conversations as confident scholars. Papers will address student agency in commonplacing assignments; the use of specific model commonplace books such as that of Richard Hill; online platforms such as Omeka, Twitter, and Storify; specific commoplacing strategies such as tête-bêche structure and found materials; commonplacing in conjunction with course themes such as play or revenge; using commonplace books to resist Eurocentrism; and troubleshooting potential problems in commonplace assignments.

Sarah E. Parker

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May 10th, 10:00 AM

Creative Pedagogies: Approaches to the Commonplace Book (A Roundtable)

Fetzer 1005

This roundtable will include seven speakers who will each present practical strategies for using medieval and early modern reading practices in the modern classroom. This session proposes that the use of commonplacing, a reading practice that involved active note-taking, can be especially useful to the modern student encountering the challenges of reading medieval and early modern texts, which sometimes prove intimidating or seem foreign to students. At this particular juncture, when students are facing information overload in forms that often distract from the practice of reading, commonplacing provides students with innovative ways to focus on and make sense of classroom texts. Additionally, commonplacing offers students a sustained practice of experiential learning, encouraging the development a knowledge-creation community that aims to question textual authority and actively join critical conversations as confident scholars. Papers will address student agency in commonplacing assignments; the use of specific model commonplace books such as that of Richard Hill; online platforms such as Omeka, Twitter, and Storify; specific commoplacing strategies such as tête-bêche structure and found materials; commonplacing in conjunction with course themes such as play or revenge; using commonplace books to resist Eurocentrism; and troubleshooting potential problems in commonplace assignments.

Sarah E. Parker