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‘Teaching Writing’

Teaching Writing Workshop Series in September

Aug. 29, 2017—The Vanderbilt Writing Studio is offering The Teaching Writing Workshop Series. The workshops are geared toward supporting those who teach writing across the disciplines at Vanderbilt University, and workshops are open to faculty and graduate students from all departments. Contact Megan Minarich at megan.l.minarich@vanderbilt.edu for details. Fostering Writing and Collaboration in the Classroom Thursday September...

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Upcoming Faculty Teaching Visit with Lorraine Lopez, Associate Professor of English, Tuesday, February 24th

Feb. 10, 2015—ENGL 199: Foundations of Literary Study Imaginative Writing: Joining the Conversation Lorraine Lopez is an associate professor of English and co-director of Vanderbilt’s multidisciplinary program in Latino and Latina Studies. In this course, Lorraine helps her students consider the questions of what literature is and why it matters, using the students’ own creative work as...

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Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight: John Bradley

Jan. 26, 2015—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, John Bradley, Senior Lecturer in English, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests:   “Whether in a one-on-one conference with a student in the Writing Studio or in the literature classroom, I aim to help my students harness the...

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First Person Singular

Sep. 17, 2014—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director, cross-posted from Derek’s blog, Agile Learning Your first paper assignment asks you to make an argument drawing largely on your personal experiences and perspectives. Did you have writing assignments in high school that asked you to do this? I asked this question of the students in my first-year writing seminar...

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Teaching Writing in the 21st Century

Aug. 19, 2014—The Center for Teaching is again collaborating with the Writing Studio, the Jean & Alexander Heard Library,the English Language Center, and (new this year) the Curb Center to develop resourceful experiences for anyone who teaches writing at Vanderbilt.  This year, we’re sponsoring a one-day Teaching.Writing.Learning. Institute, held on Friday, September 12. This day-long workshop will help participants develop...

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Last Week’s ‘T.W.L.’ Conversation on Teaching Writing: Low-Stakes, Written Reading Guides

Jan. 27, 2014—Amanda Benson (Biological Sciences) talked about “Writing as Discovery: Using Low-Stakes Writing to Help Students Learn” on January 21. This lunchtime gathering was the fifth gathering in the “Teaching. Writing. Learning.” series of conversations on teaching writing. To start the conversation, Amanda acknowledged that writing can be intimidating to scientists–faculty and students alike. Her pedagogical...

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Last Week’s “T.W.L.” Conversation on Teaching Writing: “Grading Is Teaching”

Sep. 24, 2013—by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director Scott Juengel (English) talked about “Managing the Paper Load:  Grading Writing Efficiently and Effectively” with approximately 30 faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students on September 18. This lunchtime gathering was the second in the “Teaching. Writing. Learning.” series of conversations on teaching writing. Although he’s been at Vanderbilt...

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Conversations on Teaching Writing Under Way

Sep. 5, 2013—“Teaching. Writing. Learning.,” the new series of conversations on teaching writing across the campus, began last Wednesday.  Emily King (English), Richard Lloyd (Sociology), and Jonathan Gilligan (Earth & Environmental Sciences) were the invited guests for kick-off event entitled “Starting the Conversation: A Panel on Inspiring Your Students to Write.” Emily emphasized the need to define...

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Ask Professor Pedagogy: Assigning and Grading Writing

May. 3, 2013—Ask Professor Pedagogy is a twice monthly advice column written by Center for Teaching staff. One aspect of our mission is to cultivate dialogue about teaching and learning, so we welcome questions and concerns that arise in the classroom; particularly those from Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff. If you have a question that you’d like...

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Episode 40 – From a Student’s View: AXLE Writing Requirements

Mar. 21, 2013—In this first installment of a two-part podcast, our CFT student reporter, Erin Baldwin, hears thoughts from a Vanderbilt junior about the Achieving Excellence in Liberal Education core curriculum (more commonly referred to as the AXLE requirements) that all students in the College of Arts and Science must fulfill. http://wp0.vanderbilt.edu/cft/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/cftpodcast/ep40_axle1.mp3 [MP3, 6 min 30 sec]...

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