TEACHING

Brown Mackie College, Bettendorf, IA, October 2014 – May 2015
Teach general education classes in English composition at vocational technical college in a one class per month format.

“Composition II,” November 2014, January, March, April 2015
Teach classes in advanced composition techniques leading to an extended research paper with an argument and a story/case study. Use several self-created research techniques to develop an annotated bibliography for the project.

“Composition I,” February 2015
Lead morning and evening composition classes designed to get students over the fear of writing and to write every day. Assignments include an extended review of issues of plagiarism and copyright and also the creation of a manifesto to prepare them for creating an argument in Composition II.

“Fundamentals of English,” January 2014
Teach the first in a series of English classes to review grammar and develop paragraphs.  

Scott Community College, Bettendorf and Davenport, IA, Fall 2013 – Fall 2015

“Language Skills,” Fall 2015
Prepare students to do college-level English work by working on study and note-taking skills, grammar skills, and writing paragraphs.

 “Communication Skills,” Summer and Fall 2014, Summer 2015
Prepare students from vocational and liberal arts fields to communicate at work from job interviews, to composing correspondence, managing people, and conducting business meetings using combination of technical writing and speech activities.

“Technical Writing,” Spring 2015
Lead freshman composition class focused on technical writing with emphasis on audience and purpose as well as format for delivery of information. Assignments include instructions, summary, business report, and group proposal.

“Composition I,” Spring 2015
Teach traditional freshman introductory composition class with assignments that explore storytelling/narrative, description/exemplification, issues of plagiarism, manifestos, and creation of zines.

 “Composition II,” Spring and Fall 2014, two classes Fall 2015
Design and lead advanced composition classes that include a portfolio of shorter writing, a reflective journal, and an argument paper. Teach advanced research techniques, how to use sources appropriately, and how to determine which sources to use. Students also do advanced work with issues of plagiarism and the internet.

“Introduction to Public Speaking” Fall 2013 – Fall 2014
Teach public speaking classes using acting techniques, communication theory, peer review, and critical thinking to help students to be engaged listeners as well as speakers. Speeches include storytelling, informative, persuasive, occasion speeches, and group projects and speeches. 

Professional Speaking,” Fall 2013 – Fall 2014
Teach professional speaking classes with emphasis on types of speeches used at work. Assignments include job interviews, occasion speeches, business meeting and conference presentation, using communication theory, peer review, and critical thinking to help students to be engaged listeners as well as speakers.  

“Rehearsal and Performance,” Spring 2014
Led the class that accompanies the spring theatrical production, including Richard Schechner’s Rasaboxes acting technique and a reflective journal. Also served on SCC’s Fine Arts Committee.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN Fall 2009 – Spring 2014

“Writing in Everyday Life,” Fall 2012 – Spring 2014. Online Spring 2014
Developed 5-week writing class on day to day writing, including blogs, emails, etc. Use student input and interests to determine which kinds of writing will be addressed and talk about things common to each, such as audience, purpose, and organization. Online class utilizes D2L platform.

Creative writing classes including “Writing Poetry in a Post-Modern World,” “Playing with Words,” and “Creative Writing for the Non-Creative,” Fall 2009 – Spring 2013 
Taught poetry classes using unique self-developed writing prompts as well as those from experimental writers such as Kenneth Goldsmith, Charles Bernstein, Bernadette Mayer, and Harryette Mullin. Also teach standard poetic terms and how they link modern and post-modern experimental writing to poetic traditions of the past.

“Give it 2 Me Str8: Y Grammar Still M@tters,” Spring 2013
Developed 5-week class on common grammar issues to adult learners. Includes parts of speech, sentence boundaries, commonly misused homonyms, etc.

“Acting with (a) Passion,” “Acting for Beginners,” and “Performance of Everyday Life,” Fall 2009 – Spring 2013 
Taught 5-week non-credit acting classes utilizing Richard Schechner’s Rasaboxes acting technique and readings by director Anne Bogart, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deveare Smith.

“Culture Jamming,” “From Abbie Hoffman to Reverend Billy,” and “Acting Out of Resistance, Spring 2011 – Fall 2012 
Taught 5-week non-credit courses on the practice of using alternative forms of media for political purposes including zines, political performance, and alternative media. Course includes readings and video as well as hands-on activities.  

“Page to Stage Theatre,” Spring 2010
Taught six-week non-credit class exploring issues of reading and staging plays by Djuna Barnes. Included acting training and preparation as well as reading and interpreting the text.


Experimental Community Education, Minneapolis, MN, Fall 2009 – Summer 2012

“Class in a Classless Society,” Summer 2012
Developed and led a 4-week discussion class on issues of economic and social classes in America.

Creative writing classes including “Playing with Words,” and “Creative Writing for the Non-Creative,” Summer 2010 and 2011  
Teach poetry classes using unique self-developed writing prompts as well as those from experimental writers such as Kenneth Goldsmith, Charles Bernstein, Bernadette Mayer, and Harryette Mullin.  

“From Abbie Hoffman to Reverend Billy,” and “Acting Out of Resistance, Summer 2009 and 2010
Taught 5-week non-credit courses on the practice of using alternative forms of media for political purposes including zines, political performance, and alternative media. Course includes readings and video as well as hands-on activities.  

“Acting with (a) Passion,” “Acting for Beginners,” and “Performance of Everyday Life,” Fall 2009 – Spring 2010
Taught 5-week non-credit acting classes utilizing Richard Schechner’s Rasaboxes acting technique and readings by director Anne Bogart, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deveare Smith.

Concordia University Online, St. Paul, MN, Spring 2011

“College Writing” May, 2011
Taught 6-week accelerated for-credit class online using Blackboard to deliver college-level writing course, including becoming comfortable with writing, and exploring conventions of various types of academic writing.

“Hitchcock Master Class” and “Spielberg Master Class,” 
Taught 4-week online for-credit classes on selected films of Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg, with attention to social significance of each director, influences, etc. Use Blackboard technology to schedule chats, have class discussions, and grade assignments.

University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, Minneapolis, MN, Fall 2005 – Spring 2010

“Acting with (a) Passion,” Complete Scholar Program, Spring 2010
Taught 5-week non-credit acting classes utilizing Richard Schechner’s Rasaboxes acting technique and readings by director Anna Deveare Smith.

“Solo Performance and Storytelling,” Spring 2009
Taught 14-week course designed to provide students with experience in a variety of forms of solo performance, with emphases on theory and practice of storytelling, spoken word and performance art.  
Students read fairy tales, poetry, and other literature and discussed how performance enhances interpretation. Used Moodle site for course readings and supplemental resources such as videos and sound clips.

“Acting For Non-Majors,” Fall 2008
Led elective class drawing on 10+ years experience working with non-actors in performance. Students learned about different theories of acting, participated in workshops to put theories into practice, and kept a reflective journal to track progress of their class activities and learning.

Teaching Assistant, “Dramatic Literature,” Fall 2007
Provided significant input into writing and planning of syllabus for required upper-level course in major, including readings, assignments and course activities. Graded all written assignments and provided feedback to students. Created and presented lectures on topics such as spoken word, storytelling, and absurdist theatre. Also led research workshop on evaluation of sources.

Teaching Assistant, “Drama and the Media,” Fall 2005 – Spring 2007, Spring 2008
Assisted with overall course planning and weekly lesson plans, including participation in syllabus creation and grading rubric. Graded all exams and homework assignments including weekly online postings. Followed up with students on progress and issues. Presented weekly in-class student feedback sessions as well as lectures on selected topics. Used WebCT and Moodle to post readings, for students to post weekly responses, and for group work on final projects.

Miscellaneous Schools and Organizations

“English Composition II,” Herzing University, Fall 2012
Took over six weeks of 12 week class that included literature and composition. Taught end of the poetry segment and the drama segment, including Hamlet and Fences. Helped students to write their poetry and drama analysis papers and wrote and administered final exam.

Curriculum Development, Creative Writing and Working with Multiple Generations, Educational Resources, Inc., 2012
Developed curriculum to be used company-wide for s to assist students in writing prose. Curriculum includes elements of writing good prose, how to help students get started and continue writing, how to give good feedback as a reader, and resources and readings for writers.

“Personal Development,” Herzing University, Crystal MN, October, 2012
Taught a month-long for-credit class on topics such as developing a resume, conducting a job search, and on personal finances. 

Workshop Leader, Educational Resources Inc., Dulles, VA and Minneapolis, MN, August – September, 2012.
Led a series of 1-day workshops in Minneapolis on topics such as “How to Improve Your Memory,” “How to Deal with Difficult People,” “How to Survive Tough Economic Times,” and “Budgeting Made Simple.”  

Page Title 
Original photo by Fluffy Singler
Read portions of Fluffy's academic work, new poetry & performance pieces, etc.
'Cuz I get lonely.
Fluffy Singler (aka Laura Winton)

Writer , Artist, Performer, Teacher, Publisher