The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to a writing pedagogy workshop presented by John Holland & Jolie Goorjian, both faculty in the English Department. The workshop will be on Wednesday, December 5th from noon to 1 p.m. in ADM 460. There will be time for audience questions and discussion. Lecturer faculty will receive a stipend for participating, and lunch will be served. See below for a description.
Students and teachers feel the grief because they know, from vast experience, the levels of pain grades cause. Peter Elbow points out that grades are “never fair and [serve only as a ranking system that tends to] undermine learning and teaching.” Elbow argues for a grading contract with minimal ranking. Asao Inoue extends the move away from grading to a contract system that focuses upon the labor involved in writing. He wants students “to think about mental labor in many of the same ways they might think of physical labor, strenuous and painful at times, but worth it.” Each approach relies upon formative, rather than summative assessment, which contribute to a classroom of teaching and learning. Join us to learn how building a grading contract into your syllabus empowers students, fosters conversations about writing, teaches negotiation skills, and frees us from the guilt.