Dr. Doug Reitinger teaches first year English Composition at Sheridan College. However, he has been concerned for some time about student results in these writing courses—both in his own classes, and also from department assessments of English 1010 classes. He thought that “what was being done was not working for a substantial percentage of students,” and so decided to do a semester-long sabbatical “exploring how first-year composition is taught in a number of schools in our region.” Dr. Reitinger investigated things like what texts teachers used and what kinds of essays they assigned, trying to figure out essentially what works--and what works even better.
However, there were certainly some practices which were better than others—or in this case, worse:
Dr. Reitinger is currently both an instructor and the Composition Coordinator for Sheridan College.