From Gilles "The Departmental Perspective"
"The key is regular, informal practicer at writing." (5)
"Our service courses should provide students with the oppotunity to practice the craft of writing." (5)
Wow, I can't agree more.
He tells students that conventions have to be learned, they can't be taught.
Cites Carolyn T. Adams presidential address in 1998 to the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences about the three abilities that a liberal education must develop:
1. make meaning from information
2. know how to learn (makes me think of metacognition)
3. develop the capacity to see adn understand the perspectives of people different from ourselves.
"The skills include grammar and punctuation, but they also include teh foundational skills of democratic citizenship" (8). --Friere anyone?
Chase's "Composition, Community, and Curriculum: A Letter to New Composition Teachers"
This article made me think that really I should be allowing them to work on their writing from other classes in our workshop--so maybe one paper could be from another class that they are working on. I need to quiz them in class tomorrow about a paper that they are writing for another class.
Chase writes, "It is critically important, then, that all composition teachers stop from time to time to consider the ends of the course they are taching in relation to the ends suggested by the composition program as a whole, the general education or liberal studies ...." (14).