The goals of this workshop are to learn about and utilize backward design to construct effective writing assignments. We will begin by identifying relevant goals and move from there towards constructing assignments that communicate clear objectives and expectations to the student. This will allow students to develop strategies to meet new writing objectives while building on prior knowledge of writing practices. We will spend a substantial amount of time beginning to develop assignments or revising existing assignments, so please feel free to bring current assignment prompts or ideas to work on.
Responding to Student Writing
The goals of this workshop are to learn about and use a small number of guiding principles to construct a response-to-writing process that involves both the student and instructor productively, while maximizing student learning. We will begin by identifying guiding principles for giving feedback on student writing, and then explore different strategies that can be tailored to suit the course design and particular assignment. We will spend a substantial amount of time identifying particular writing concerns and deciding which ones to respond to, as well as practicing giving short feedback, so please feel free to bring samples of student writing in your discipline (we will also have some samples).
Working With ESOL Writing
The goals of this workshop are to learn more about the particular challenges that ESOL student writers face, how these challenges play out in the writing that these students produce, and how instructors can productively provide feedback that maximizes student learning for this population. We will begin by discussing how to build connection with students who come from a wide variety of backgrounds (linguistically, culturally, and otherwise), with an aim towards understanding the disparate causes of writing issues for ESOL students. We will then explore strategies for identifying and prioritizing writing concerns in ESOL student writing, and practice responding to ESOL writing as a teacher, rather than purely as a reader - please feel free to bring samples of ESOL student writing in your discipline (we will also have some samples). Instructors will also be introduced to resources that are available for their ESOL student writers.
Notice - These workshops are offered at least once yearly and also upon request by groups of individuals or departments.