Recording of the workshop:
Join us for an exciting virtual workshop on Wednesday, April 6th, 4:00-5:30pm ET, presented by Dr. Christy Goldsmith and Dr. Julie Birt from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Campus Writing Program.
If you are an AWAC member, register for the event by clicking here. Interested guests can review our individual and institutional membership options before registering. Registration will close Monday, April 4th at 5:00pm ET.
In her article parsing Dewey for modern educators, Carol Rodgers (2002) remarks, “Over the past 15 years, reflection has suffered from a loss of meaning. In becoming everything to everybody, it has lost the ability to be seen” (p. 843). As WAC practitioners, we echo Rodgers’ call to revisit reflective writing, especially considering the ways it can support students’ wrestling with complex questions of the discipline and create more inclusive classes.
In this interactive workshop, Christy and Julie will engage participants in writing, thinking, and applying various approaches to reflective writing tasks. They’ll share their research exploring qualities of reflective writing in disciplinary literacy assignments at their institution, and they’ll provide examples of individual and group reflective writing tasks. Participants will leave the session with some new writing-to-learn strategies to add to their WAC toolboxes and an intention to try out a new reflective writing strategy in their classes or professional development work.
Questions the workshop will consider:
- What is your existing knowledge of and comfort with reflective writing? What kinds of reflective writing activities/purposes do you include in your courses or your professional development work?
- What tensions or wonderings do you (or the WAC faculty you work with) have around reflective writing?
- How do the goals and outcomes of reflection change based on where it is placed in the course/unit/assignment? How can we connect reflective writing activities with course objectives?
- How do we assess or provide feedback on reflective writing?
Dr. Christy Goldsmith is the Assistant Director of the Campus Writing Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Through narrative inquiry, Christy explores the intersection of writing teachers’ identities as writers and teachers-of-writing, highlighting the tensions inherent in writing instruction. Her second strand of research revolves around the teaching and learning of disciplinary literacy, including professional development design at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
Dr. Julie Birt is the Coordinator at the Campus Writing Program at the University of Missouri. Julie’s research follows her interests in helping post-secondary instructors use writing in their college classrooms to reach all students, most specifically, those with a rural background. Outside of her regular research, Julie enjoys working directly with students to help improve their writing and communication skills in science courses.
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