People all over the place are talking about student writing. (Or I might have said, people all over the place are procrastinating about grading the papers that they've assigned to their students - hee!) What has been so interesting about this conversation that's developing is that it's happening across disciplines and that people in different disciplines are thinking about how to address writing in their classrooms, even if they don't technically teach a "writing class." Actually, of all the people to whom I link, I don't think we've got a single composition specialist in the bunch. That, my friends, is exciting to me, not because the composition and rhetoric crowd doesn't have a lot of great things to say about the subject (they do) but because I think it sucks when the discussion only happens in that crowd.
But anyway, you may be wondering what all of this has to do with my department rocking. Well, I just got an email from Fantastic Colleague, the director of our writing program, asking me to take part in a coffee hour where people from across the university from different departments will come together to talk about how most effectively to address writing in their classes. Isn't that cool?
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