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“Teaching. Writing. Learning.” Conversations on Teaching Writing


About “T.W.L.” ||  Resources ||  How to Participate

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“Teaching. Writing. Learning.” is a series of monthly lunchtime conversations for anyone who teaches writing at Vanderbilt to gather and discuss specific issues, hear an invited colleague briefly introduce a relevant best practice, hear a bit about other research-based practices, share one’s own best strategies, and ask questions of all present.

These interactive, informal conversations will offer a venue for discussion, learning new approaches, and solving problems. The “Teaching. Writing. Learning.” series is sponsored by the Center for Teaching, the Writing Studio, the Jean & Alexander Heard Library, and the English Language Center.

Update:  In order to reach a wider audience and more writing instructors, we’re restructuring “T.W.L.” Instead of monthly meetings on different topics, we’ve decided to organize a half-day workshop in late August to address issues of teaching and writing, followed by the development of learning communities focused on relevant areas of interest.  Stay tuned for details!

Resources

Resources mentioned and shared at the conversations will be available on the “Teaching. Writing. Learning.” Research Guide, from the Jean & Alexander Heard Library (pictured right).

How to Participate

Follow these three simple steps:

  1. Bring your lunch, or buy it at Suzie’s Food for Thought Cafe across the hall from the Community Room in the Central Library.
  2. Bring your relevant good practices to share.
  3. Bring your questions and challenges.

 

Spring semester conversations

Writing as Discovery: Using Low-Stakes Writing to Help Students Learn

Tuesday, January 21
12:30-1:30
Community Room, Central Library
Opening Guest Presenter:  Amanda Benson (Biological Sciences)

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED


Transcending Cultural Barriers: Teaching Writing to International Students

In order to reach a wider audience and more writing instructors, we’re restructuring “T.W.L.” Instead of monthly meetings on different topics, we’ve decided to organize a half-day workshop in late August to address issues of teaching and writing, followed by the development of learning communities focused on relevant areas of interest.  This topic will be part of that event. Stay tuned for details!

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED


Beyond the Blog: Teaching Writing with Technology

In order to reach a wider audience and more writing instructors, we’re restructuring “T.W.L.” Instead of monthly meetings on different topics, we’ve decided to organize a half-day workshop in late August to address issues of teaching and writing, followed by the development of learning communities focused on relevant areas of interest.  This topic will be part of that event.  Stay tuned for details!

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

 

Previous conversations

Starting the Conversation: A Panel on Inspiring Your Students to Write

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Guest Presenters:  Jonathan Gilligan (Earth & Environmental Sciences), Emily King (English), Richard Lloyd (Sociology)


Managing the Paper Load:  Grading Writing Efficiently and Effectively

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Opening Guest Presenter: Scott Juengel (English)


Writing and the Masses: Writing in Large Lecture Courses

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Opening Guest Presenter:  James Fraser (Human & Organizational Development/HOD)


Fear, Tired, Dread, Excited:  Student Feelings and the Research Assignment

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Opening Guest Presenter: Melinda Brown (Heard Library)


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