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Abstract

This essay considers repetition as a site for change and possibility in the foundational communication course. Using performative writing, I consider repetition as simultaneously comfortable and dangerous. As repeated actions become commonplace they can easily go unnoticed, and unchallenged. However, repeated actions can also become recognizable as patterns that can be changed. Repetition is then, a useful and even necessary starting place for the recognition of possibilities and the enactment of change. As a graduate teaching assistant, I find repetition useful for my pedagogy, but I am wary of how power operates through repetition in discursive and material ways. I argue for a conceptualization of repetition that considers micropractices and macro-structures as intertwined. I argue that a nuanced understanding of repetition provides a space for new and better ways of knowing as and becoming instructors of the foundational communication course, etc.