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Writing Across the Curriculum

FALL 2005 WORKSHOPS

Come As You Are: Enabling Dialogue in the Classroom through Informal Writing

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Silence in the classroom sometimes results when teachers don’t know what students are thinking, and students are not sure what teachers expect of them. Many students often need not only to understand the purpose of assigned writing, but must also have useful, dialogic feedback.  In this workshop, we will discuss how to use informal assignments to assess more accurately what our students are learning, to communicate more clearly our expectations, and to encourage student-to-student and teacher-to-student communication.

 

12:15-12:25 Introduction and Welcome
Dr. William Burgos, WAC Director
Review from 10/19 workshop
12:25-12:40 

Double-entry journaling
Laurie Lehman and Jessica Trubek

12:40-1:20 Dialogic Writing Assignments and Applications
             Sample Assignments
                          Hal Burton
                          David Spierer
                           John Lonie
                           Sarah Blazer                
               Assessing Assignments
               Helpful to you and your students
               Handling the Workload
1:20-1:30 Individual Activity
                1- Come up with an informal writing assignment for your course which                 encourages dialogue. 
                 2- Or identify problems you have creating and implementing this kind of                 assignment?
1:40-2:00   Report Back:  What have you done in your courses with informal writing assignments?  What has or hasn’t worked for you?
  Conclusions
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