… you may be interested in this short article, written by me and friend & colleague Lowry Pei and published this week in Tomorrow’s Professor. It’s on ways to use informal writing and peer response in any class you teach, in any discipline.
Excerpt, “Ways to Teach Peer Writing and Response“:
Writing’s role in critical thinking and learning has been well documented, and it has important social and pedagogical functions as well. Collaborative writing and peer responding helps to create the network of relationships that makes a class succeed. Informal writing and small group work varies the classroom experience and transfers more responsibility to students. Even in large lecture courses, in-class writing and response time fosters ideas, problem-solving, and playfulness and makes a space for everyone to say something to someone. From our own practices and from colleagues’ across the disciplines, we’ve assembled a kit of basic principles and tested exercises that could help teachers consolidate and improve the ways they teach peer writing and response in any course, with any size class, at any level of student mastery.
This one — like another piece on teaching writing we published in October 2007 — also goes to eleven.