I wanted to offer you a sense of the rhythm of work I have planned for our summer seminar. We’ll keep busy!
We will start each morning with coffee and a light breakfast from 9:30–10:00. On Monday, we’ll use this time for introductions; on the following days, this will be time I can use to chat briefly with any of you who may have questions about the materials you are designing for your courses.
The main work of the seminar will run from 10:00 to 12:30. We will focus mainly on the course you are designing as itself written text, with the goal of having you complete a full draft of your class materials —overview, writing projects, schedule, policies—by the end of the week. We will also spend a fair amount of time talking about ways of responding to student work—both in writing and in class. It will thus be a good idea for you to bring both pen and paper and a laptop with you to seminar each day.
You’re then on your own for lunch from 12:30–1:45.
We’ve broken our afternoons into two sections: I will ask you to compose most of the materials for your R&C course this week, and from 1:45–3:00 you’ll have some studio time to begin drafting whatever piece is due the next morning. The reasoning behind setting this time aside is both to make your workload a little more manageable, and also to allow you to check in with me and your colleagues as you work through the particulars of your course. Then, from 3:00–4:30, we’ve scheduled a series of conversations and workshops with experienced teachers of writing. I’ve asked our guests not to prepare a formal lecture, but rather to come ready to talk informally with us about some practical issues in designing and teaching writing courses—drafting assignments, working with multilingual students, addressing issues of diversity and identity, using digital tools in teaching writing, responding to and assessing student work, and the like.
Please see the Schedule for a more detailed list of the topics we’ll cover in both the morning and afternoon sessions.
Then, each evening, I will ask you to complete the writing task you began during the studio time in the afternoon. (Sorry!) In this way you will begin, piece by piece, to compose your R&C course for the fall. I’ll ask you to bring copies of what you write with you to seminar the next morning.
That will be pretty much the routine for most days of this week—Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday— until we finally make it to Friday, when we will create a celebratory arcade of the course materials you have designed.
If all goes well, you will find yourself working hard this week, but by the end of it should have most of your fall R&C class up and ready to go. Good luck! I look forward to working with you!