As we are planning ahead for a busy Autumn Quarter, how can we provide students opportunities to get perspectives on writing from outside the classroom?
Writing for the classroom is very different from writing for the workplace or other public forums in context, expectations, and effect, and students can have a hard time adapting what they learn in the classroom to other settings. Student writers can benefit from hearing outside guests such as workplace professionals or scholars talk about their writing in the field.
How can we help students utilize writing outside of the classroom that will benefit their in-class learning?
Although we don't often think about it, much of our students' learning occurs outside of the classroom and when we are not present.
“Writing in the Community and the University” was the second in a series of workshops designed to address ways teachers can motivate their students to write through unique and non-traditional methods. Drawing on Activity Theory which points out the disconnect for students between writing in classrooms and writing in the “real world,” our goals for this workshop were
1) to highlight programs and teaching practices across the university that connect OSU students with their communities We were able to record the event and publish it as a podcast. The podcast can be accessed at the end of this post.
in ways that motivate them to write for and/or about their communities, and
2) to provide interested teachers with the knowledge and resources to participate in these programs or employ these teaching practices in their own classes.
Though Ohio State connects students to the community through writing in a variety of ways, we chose to feature the following programs and practices: The Service Learning Initiative, the Professional Writing Program, and individual writing assignments.
What an amazing brown bag with lively discussion!!! Those gathered agreed that a follow-up discussion would be needed â€“ both to further reflect on this pedagogy and to digest the transformative implications of Dr. Danielâ€™s work.
Thursday we will be hosting a workshop led by Professor Vesta Daniel
from the Art Education department. She will be speaking with us about her work on community-based pedagogy
. We will be exploring different ways of engaging students with their communities in the classroom. We're also getting ready for our next workshop in two weeks--The Press Release: Write All About It!