Testimonies from Faculty Members who have consulted with me to improve Writing Pedagogy across the disciplines:
Scaffolding the writing development of students has been vastly different from my own process of learning how to write. I realized my writing skills do not translate into skills in facilitating the writing development of others. I really appreciated the chance to dialogue with a colleague who helped me label the types of errors I encounter when I read student work. As you stated, knowing whether a student is struggling with grammar or clarity of thought is important and leads to different assignments/ interventions[...]I also appreciate the opportunity to have my assignment and grading rubric evaluated as part of your writing tutors class. - Erin Way, Psychology
I appreciated the excellent suggestions related to writing assignments, the scaffolding of those assignments and the use of writing mentors. I am amazed and delighted with how much I learned in our half hour together about engaging students in active and effective writing. - David Rehyer, Behavioral Health
During our consultation, Rachael was familiar with the course materials I had sent her and prepared with concrete ideas and materials that I could easily incorporate into my assignments. Rachael easily adapted the conversation and her suggested based on my level of understand and the objectives for the course and assignments. Rachael was respectful of my time and yet provided thoughtful, helpful guidance. – Robin Zappin, Physical Therapy
The advice and assistance in helping to help break the assignment up into pieces, scaffold I think was the word, and creating a clear rubric which allows for the assessment of clear error free language but only a small portion of the grade is reflected in that, was essentially ground breaking for me. There was clear evidence for these practices in helping improve writing outcomes and frankly I felt a little foolish for not having sought help sooner[…]I can say that this is the most I have learned about instructing effective writing ever. – Adam Heinze, Biology
A Snapshot of Workshop Topics:
The Office: Issues of Diversity, Sensitivity, and Encouraging Student Attendance in Office Hours
This workshop looks at the most recent research relating to student attendance in office hours and ways to make this space more accessible.
Battling the Silence: Increasing Student Engagement in the Classroom
This workshop offers some of the newest and most innovative methods for improving student engagement. Structured activities, new ways to include technology, and accountability procedures guarantee an increased level of enjoyment and rigor for student discussion.
Intelligent Design: Making Informal Assignments and Rubrics Work For You
This hands-on workshop focuses on how to incorporate low-stakes writing assignments and efficient rubrics into your daily pedagogy.
Rome Wasn't Built in a Day: The Importance of Scaffolding Student Learning
This workshop provides faculty with an overview of a Writing Across the Curriculum philosophy. Faculty are introduced to some of key facets of WAC philosophy, including best practices for Writing Intensive courses.
Writing to Learn and Learning to Write
This workshop identifies the differences between writing to learn and learning to write assignment. This two-part workshop first asked departments to collaborate on the methods they used within their department and then faculty were asked to share writing ideas with those from other disciplines..
What can we do for you?: Connecting Resources on Campus
During this session, faculty will be introduced to some of the specialists on campus and discuss other resources that are available for all faculty. Resources will be offered to increase transparency between various support centers on campus and faculty.
Looking in the Peer-view Mirror
This creative role-play workshop assists instructors in designing activities that will make students more autonomous and effective when looking at the work of their peers.
We, The Students: The Importance of Student Perspective when Designing Assignments
This workshop invites students and faculty for a collaborative workshop where students can provide their perspective of an assignment and make suggestions for clarity and engagement.