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Themes for English B: A Professorís Education In and Out of Class

reviewed by Jennifer Tronti - January 30, 2008

coverTitle: Themes for English B: A Professorís Education In and Out of Class
Author(s): J. D. Scrimgeour
Publisher: University of Georgia Press, Athens
ISBN: 0820328472, Pages: 144, Year: 2006
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Like J. D. Scrimgeour, author of Themes for English B: A Professor’s Education In and Out of Class, I remember that my early experience as an instructor required a gradual “acclimation” (p. 7) to an atmosphere, not exactly foreign, but not fully native to my constitution. In an urban community college, my first writing course consisted of: one student with Tourette Syndrome, whose intermittent outbursts and discussions of his fictional work-in-progress punctuated the class period, one couple, recently divorced, who inexplicably sat next to each other during every class session, two deaf students (and their interpreter) whose academic well-being was far beyond my meager skills at that time, one outspoken former prostitute determined to write an account of her life and profession, several students who were part of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program who frequently wrote about their “past” lives (both legal and illegal) in their essay prompts, and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 30, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14949, Date Accessed: 3/31/2020 6:53:23 PM

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  • Jennifer Tronti
    California Baptist University
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    JENNIFER TRONTI received her B.A. (1994) in English from California Baptist University and her M.A. (1995) from The Claremont Graduate School in English language and literature. She is currently a student in the Mythological Studies Ph.D. program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She has been an assistant professor of composition and literature for nearly eight years at California Baptist University, where she continues to work. She lives in San Bernardino, California, with her husband and two sons.
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