Kim Jaxon

Kim Jaxon

Kim Jaxon is an associate professor of English (Composition & Literacy). She received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in the Language & Literacy, Society & Culture program in the Graduate School of Education. Her research interests focus on theories of literacy, particularly digital literacies, participation, classroom design, game theories, and teacher education. She has published a variety of book chapters and articles focused on classroom design, mentoring, and the uses of digital platforms. Kim was awarded the Teacher of Excellence-College Award by the California Association of Teachers of English in 2014. She recently co-authored the book Composing Science: A Facilitator’s Guide to Writing in the Science Classroom (TCPress 2016), which is the culmination of a three-year, NSF funded project focused on the teaching and learning of writing in science. Kim Jaxon Website


Blogs (2)


Making Science: When Does Spaghetti Become a Light Ray?

Monday, March 20, 2017

spaghetti artifact For the past few years, we have been fortunate to work together in a scientific inquiry class. Bringing together science faculty and composition faculty makes for some lively conversations about the teaching of writing. The course is offered to future elementary school teachers who are typically non-science majors. We recently co-wrote with Irene Salter Composing Science: A Facilitator’s Guide to Writing in the Science Classroom (TCPress 2016), which describes our work with these future teachers and our practices for teaching writing in science. The book lays out how we engage students in practices that mirror the


Epic Learning: Large Class as Intentional Design

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jumbo class Last October, I gave an Ignite talk at the Digital Media and Learning Conference called “Epic Composition.” Below, I offer a more extended look at the design and structures of my “jumbo” first-year writing course at California State University, Chico. Walking into our “jumbo” first-year writing course as an outsider can be a bit intimidating. The room is packed with people: 90 students, nine writing mentors, and the instructor. Students sit in new desks: rolling chairs with a bottom “saucer” for storing backpacks, a moving tray designed for a laptop. Students have nicknamed the chairs “George