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ERIC Number: ED352646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 11
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Grandmothers in the Classroom: How College English Teachers Can Help Those Non-Traditional Students.
Warren, Stephen
Realizing that non-traditional students must cope with a campus that remains primarily oriented toward the 18-year-old just out of high school, the college teacher must make sure that both traditional and non-traditional students feel comfortable together in the classroom. College English teachers can help non-traditional students by letting them use what they already know, by letting various personal experiences--as a coal miner, nurse, mechanic, fire fighter, grandmother--be subjects of their writing. "Free-writing" in the first class session allows students to express thoughts and personal anxieties about coming to college. Throughout the semester, teachers should monitor students' writing attitudes, often through one-to-one discussion. Non-traditional students have had intriguing experiences, and their personal stories and anecdotes, along with their understanding of the world beyond college, should be made part of the English classroom. (A drawing by M. C. Escher used as a writing prompt and a writing attitude survey are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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