Good and Bad Habits

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Have students read material in the handbook on reading assignments, studying, or being a successful student. Have each student submit a list of habits for success specific to your institution. For example, for Florida Atlantic University, “4. Allow thirty minutes extra commute time in tourist season, or you will be late to class,” or “6. Always get an espresso as soon as you get to campus.” Collect these lists and distribute them to the class as a way of collecting the wisdom of your students’ experience dealing with life at your school. Listen to this Post! An Audio Bits Podcast (0:44 min)
About the Author
Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.