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Fall 2019 Writing @ Bates Programming for Faculty and Staff

Engaging Students in Deep Reading of Course Texts

Students often need support in moving from high-school level reading to college-level deep reading, as well as strategies for reading the wide variety of texts that they encounter across courses and disciplines. This Gear-Up workshop will offer participants some best practices—and time to test out these practices—in helping students engage in our course texts in a way that requires them go beyond what a text says or how it makes them feel, and enter into a critical awareness of how a text works. This workshop engages conversation around equitable and inclusive instruction.

Facilitated by Bridget Fullerton

Tuesday, August 27, 3:00-4:30pm. ARC Writing & Language Center, Ladd Library

Tools for Better, Faster Grading

Commenting on and grading papers can be one of the most time-consuming parts of faculty life. By focusing your energy, it’s possible to both spend less time grading, and provide more useful feedback for your students. In this workshop, we’ll cover a few principles for fast and pedagogically effective assessment, as well as a few tools that can completely change the way you grade.

Facilitated by Dan Sanford

Wednesday, August 28, 3:00-4:30pm.  ARC Writing & Language Center, Ladd Library

Understanding and Addressing Multilingual Writers’ Needs (Roundtable Discussion)

Meeting multilingual writers’ needs starts by knowing more about the landscape of multilingual learners in U.S. higher institutions. In this roundtable, we invite you to join a conversation where we look at the linguistic range of multilingual writers in our own classrooms and explore some “ethical” ways, that have been identified in the literature, for supporting them.

Facilitated by Ghada Gherwash, PhD, Multilingual Writing Specialist, Colby College

Thursday, August 29, 10:00-11:30am.  ARC Writing and Language Center, Ladd Library

Teaching Writing Using the Norton Field Guide to Writing

The Norton Field Guide to Writing is the course text recommended by Writing@Bates for supporting the teaching of writing. In this workshop, we’ll provide an overview of the text and strategies for using it to support students’ growth as writers. We’ll also cover the library of online teaching materials that are available to faculty and students in courses that use the Field Guide, including Inquizitive: self-paced online modules designed to help students master commonly recurring issues in sentence structure, editing, and citation.

Facilitated by Dan Sanford

Thursday, August 30, 3:00-4:30pm.  Coram 110

Writing Assignment Design

This interactive workshop will begin with a review of evidence-based principles of effective writing assignment design: attending to purpose, audience, genre, and other expectations; connecting assignments to course goals; scaffolding assignments to support students’ growth; and designing rubrics.  With the guidance of a writing specialist, participants will reflect on and review each other’s assignments. Participants will leave with improved assignments for the fall of 2019, an improved understanding of how to design future assignments, and, perhaps, a stronger sense of community with their colleagues.

Please bring a draft of (or ideas for) a writing assignment, a public speaking assignment, a presentation, or a multimedia project for one of your upcoming classes.

Facilitated by Stephanie Wade

Friday, August 30, 3:00-4:30pm.  ARC Writing & Language Center, Ladd Library

My Favorite W2 Writing Assignment: a Writing@Bates faculty panel

Please join us during finals week on Wednesday, December 11 in the ARC Writing & Language Center for a series of short presentations from 8 members of the Bates faculty on their favorite W2 writing assignment for helping students to learn to write in the disciplines/programs, and prepare to write a thesis in their major:

  • Lauren Ashwell, Philosophy
  • Carrie Diaz Eaton, Digital & Computational Studies
  • Jacob Longaker, Politics
  • Alison Melnick, Religious Studies
  • Stephanie Pridgeon, Spanish
  • Kirk Read, French
  • Michael Rocque, Sociology
  • Tom Sapsford, Classical & Medieval Studies

It promises to be a highly engaging and entertaining session; attendees can plan to leave with a host of great new ideas to implement in their own courses.

Wednesday, December 11th, 9:30am-11:00am, Writing and Speaking Center, Ladd Library

Handout from panel.