I AM Teaching Writing
Engineers, scientists, managers, pharmacists, doctors, financial consultants, poultry production specialists, farmers, conservationists, teachers, entrepreneurs, electricians. Name any field or profession and you’ll find writing is a key component of what they do. In fact, there’s considerable evidence that no matter what fields our students enter, strong communication skills – especially communication abilities – are what employers look for when hiring and these same communication skills are essential for promotion beyond that entry-level position. See, for example, the national surveys of employers. How then, do we help students work on their writing abilities while teaching them the content of our disciplines?
Nurturing Budding Professionals Through Writing: Featuring Sharon Roberts
Many of our students come to college in order to prepare for a professional career. They need to learn the content that will...
Mind the Gaps
We’ve all had the experience of giving students an assignment and realizing too late that what we wanted students to do just wasn’t clear to them. The challenge, of course...
To Write or Not to Write: Featuring Stan Reeves’ Assignment
Auburn Professor Stan Reeves of Electrical Engineering created an engaging writing assignment for his students that allows them to learn the material they missed on an exam by creating...
For Everything Else There’s Writing
Time is precious and none of us have enough of it, even students. So, when we ask students to read an article or book, write a paper, take a test, or do a lab activity, we need to think carefully about...
Engaging Assignments: Featuring Steve Williams’ Problem-based Scenario
Auburn Professor Steve Williams created an engaging writing assignment for his students in his Executive Issues in...
Engaging Assignments: What Does THAT Mean?
We all want students to learn the information, content, and skills we’ve put into our courses. But how do we do that? Research has long established that...
February 24, 2013