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The focus of WriteBites is on discussion – what can we learn from each other; what strategies can we borrow from other programs and courses; what assumptions are we making about teaching writing that need to be re-examined and what practices for teaching writing need to be re-considered and revised?

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Registration is now open for Spring 2017 at

For Spring 2017, discussions will be Tuesdays from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

If you had a writing assignment in an earlier course, you probably got some comments from students in your course evaluations. Whether those comments were complaining about the work load, suggesting they may need therapy to get over the grade you gave them (the one they earned), or singing your praises for being the best teacher ever, figuring out how to use those comments can to make your assignment better or your teaching more effective can be a challenge. Join us for an informal discussion over lunch to consider how best to use the feedback students have given you either to make changes in the assignment itself or to explain the method behind your madness to future classes.
Many disciplines expect students to be engaged in reflective practice. That is, they want students to think deeply about what they’ve experienced, connect those experiences to what they’ve learned from studying the scholarship in the field, and imagine the possibilities for the future. Teaching students to reflect is actually harder than it sounds, as any teacher who has given such assignments knows. How do we help students move from just recounting what they’ve experienced to these deeper levels of thinking? Join us for an informal discussion over lunch to learn more about the scholarship surrounding the teaching of reflection and share strategies for structuring such writing assignments and providing feedback that scaffolds the intellectual work such assignments want students to do.
If you’re including writing in your course, you’ve probably had that moment of dread when you face the stack of student papers worrying how you will provide comments that will help students improve, comments they will actually read, and yet not spend the rest of the decade getting those comments finished and back to students. You’ve probably also been faced with a paper that has so many problems you’re just not sure where to begin. “I wasn’t trained for this” you might think at such moments. Fortunately there are strategies for making the time you spend offering feedback both more efficient and more likely to produce improvement in student work. Join us this month for an information discussion that considers the issues surrounding feedback and strategies you can use immediately and build into your courses in the future.
The students are happy. Well, at least happy enough. Your colleagues think you’re doing a great job. At least, that’s what they say to your face. But somehow you have the sense that your assignment could be better, that it needs at least a little freshening up. Since you won’t be building an entirely new assignment any sooner than you’re probably going to build a new house, why not invest in the assignment equivalent of a fresh coat of paint? Maybe it’s time to take a hard look at that assignment and decide if it can make it through another season or needs to be donated to Good Will immediately. Join us for an informal lunch discussion to consider how to know when an assignment needs to be replaced and share strategies that make old assignments new again.
The summer is fast approaching and of course you’re already making plans for all the writing you need to do to move your scholarly projects along. But given the amount of time most of us spend on our teaching, shouldn’t some of that teaching work move into publications as well? Join us for a lunch discussion focused on strategies to connect good teaching ideas, innovations, and evidence of student learning to the scholarship of teaching and leave with a plan for writing peer-reviewed publications to substantiate your contributions to teaching excellence. You bring the ideas. We’ll bring the chocolate.

If you have ideas of topics you would like featured at future discussions, please contact us.

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Where Does it Happen?

ePortfolio Studio — 2056 RBD Library (look for the green wall on the south side of the Learning Commons)

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How to Register

*Registration is free, but it is required. Please complete the form below to register for WriteBites Discussions.

*Limited to 20 participants. Once registration is confirmed, please be on the lookout for an email from us regarding lunch orders. If you do not receive an email confirmation within one business day, please contact us.

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