Lee College will host an interactive workshop Thursday, Aug. 21, for local college and high-school teachers of English and language arts to learn how to design more effective writing assignments that better enhance and support student learning.
The writing colloquium, “A Question of Design: Developing a Repertoire of Matched Writing Assignments, Response Strategies, and Reflection,” will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m., at the Bayer Conference Center inside the Student Center on the Lee College campus. Educators who participate will be served lunch and can also receive a certificate of attendance to satisfy requirements for professional development.
“As teachers, we know that writing to learn and writing to communicate call for different kinds of assignments and different kinds of responses,” said Jill Gos, an English and humanities instructor at Lee College. “What we don’t always think about, however, is how we might design writing assignments if another factor were considered: our reading processes and reading interests.”
Kathleen Blake Yancey, Ph.D., Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and distinguished research professor at Florida State University, will lead the colloquium. The author, co-author and editor of 12 scholarly books and more than 70 articles and book chapters focused on supporting student writers, Yancey is the co-director of the Inter-National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research and the editor of “College Composition and Communication.” She has also served in leadership positions on several national councils and committees, including as a past president of the National Council of Writing Program Administrators and National Council of Teachers of English.
Yancey will guide workshop participants in exploring the issue by considering four key questions: how do we read; how do we read different kinds of texts; what do students understand about what we read; and what does all this mean for assignment design? Teachers will also discuss the implications on responses to writing and student reflections.