“Try to sound as dumb as you are”: encouraging students to write authentically

With James Carson, Mckenzie Dice, Christine Zabala, and Alex Flores, Lead Graduate Student Fellows in the Center for Teaching & Learning

This workshop will take place remotely, via Zoom. 

In considering how to set writing assignments for undergraduates, we will proceed from the question of why we should teach writing at all. Rather than simply recommend a selection of writing assignments, we will consider an ethos for undergraduate writing assignments based on: empowering students as members of an academic discourse community; narrativizing their own learning; and arriving at knowledge that has been generated collaboratively. We will consider ways in which writing assignments can be structured so that students are not alienated from their own writing—that they do not, in the words of Sheridan D. Blau, commit the “self-betrayal of trying to sound like someone they are not”—and yet still write precisely and accurately, engaging with the lexicon and concepts with which they are expected to become familiar.

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Registration is open until the beginning of the session.

Tuesday, October 27 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Virtual Event
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Development & Training, Academic & Advising, Education


Students, Graduate Students

Center for Teaching & Learning
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