The Speaking-Reading-Writing Connection

22 Jan

A workshop including discussion of how to connect speaking projects to the content of a class, integrating it into the matter of the class; how to support students in inventing, arranging, and delivering presentations; the ethics of speaking; and help for multi-lingual students doing speaking projects.

What is Revision?

25 Sep

Revision is one of the most difficult parts of the writing process that our students tackle; as a result, student writers often just end up in endless editing loops, never getting to true revision. Revision skills are also something that … Read More »

Strategies for Creating an Accessible Writing Course

24 Feb

Access should be part of the criteria used when choosing materials assigned to be read, viewed, listened to, or (in the case of hypertext) explored. And any instructional materials generated for class — e.g. syllabi, assignment sheets, video tutorials, and course websites — should be created while following current accessibility guidelines. Finally, students who create digital products for class should be provided with the opportunity to learn the importance of access, given the tools for evaluating and improving the accessibility of the materials they produce, and prompted to think critically about evaluative criteria for accessibility; this may be done in any course at any level, so long as the appropriate adjustments are made for the specific context.

Handling the Paper Load

14 Nov

Teaching a writing-heavy class can leave a teacher buried in responding to papers. While this kind of work may be largely unavoidable, techniques and teaching practices are available which help with the “paper load,” and they are pedagogical sound. This workshop provides resources for varying approaches for handling the paper load in a writing-intensive class.

Using Writing to Learn

28 Jul

“Writing to Learn” is a phrase which has grown in meaning and application since its first usage. Toby Fulwiler and Art Young (“Introduction” to Language Connections: Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum) claim that using Writing to communicate–or what James Britton … Read More »

Scaffolding Writing Assignments

28 Jul

Wood, Bruner, and Ross developed the metaphor “scaffolding” of assignments to describe the assistance a teacher or peer gives supporting the learning of the student. The support is the “scaffolding” which allows the learner to do new things gradually. As competence and experience grows, the “scaffolding” is gradually removed. Building in assignments in smaller steps with feedback along the way will improve your students’ learning and writing.