Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Personal innovation" from Teaching Professor

Writing instructors nudge students to see the value of good editing. But the pros sometimes need help, too.

An email arrived from The Teaching Professor conference in Washington. The subject line read:

“A personal innovation from Maryellen Weimer”

Curious about the innovation, I read further:

“We’d love to have you join us at this year’s Teaching Professor Conference in Washington, D.C. In fact, this email is a personal invitation from me to you.” (Emphasis mine)

No, you have not sent a personal invitation. That would be if you wrote someone directly. You, personally.

“Here are just a couple of reasons for attending:”
Actually, you list four reasons, not a couple. One of them is:

“This conference program is first rate.”
You need a hyphen there, which actual teachers might notice, along with the difference between innovation and invitation, and two and four.

Some of this would matter only to teachers, or presumably the organizers of a conference for teachers. Some teachers may question the value of an education conference promoted this way. Some would say it doesn't matter at all.

After all, the conference program may indeed be first-rate.

The email pitch? Not so much.

Should college instructors pay out of pocket for conferences? Here’s a Reddit:

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