ENGL 551- 82 (1 Credit hour)
Sessions will meet Thursdays, October 3, 2013- October 31, 2013 from 4:45 to 7:30 pm at The Citadel, in Capers 107. Participants need to be able to attend all five sessions to receive course credit.
Targeted for social studies and science teachers (though all teachers are welcome), this five-week course will begin with an overview of how and why we use writing in the classroom, and what happens when writers write and readers read.
The second session will focus on creating effective assignments, and on understanding the difference between assignments intended to stimulate learning and assignments for which students should show learning so it can be assessed.
The third session will focus on responding to student writing, to include a touch of theory and a healthy dose of application. That is, we will practice a variety of response strategies and discuss the relative benefits of each approach.
The fourth session will focus on assessment, with particular emphasis on creating and using rubrics (a.k.a., scoring guides) appropriately and effectively.
The final session will allow participants to test these principles in the crucible of classroom experience, as we look at actual assignments and the work they elicit. As time allows, we will also work on designing assignments and rubrics participants can use in their own classrooms.
Tom Thompson, Professor of English at The Citadel, has a BA in Psychology and an MA in English from the University of Florida and a PhD in English (Composition and Rhetoric) from Florida State University. This is his twenty-first year at The Citadel, where he teaches both first-year composition for cadets and a variety of graduate courses for both practicing and pre-service teachers. He also directs the Lowcountry Writing Project, which provides professional development (such as this class) to teachers throughout the Lowcountry.
The cost for this course is $190. All materials will be provided; no textbook is required. Use the link below to register.
Please register by September 15, 2013.