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Designs for Learning: Writing EDUC 485W (8)

Designed to help students become better teachers of writing. Students will be involved in four aspects of teaching writing: teacher as writer, teacher as teacher of writing skills, teacher as researcher, teacher as developer of curriculum. Techniques for providing effective writing experiences will be studied, demonstrated and practised. Students will observe, use and evaluate these techniques. Course content: teacher as writer -- writing skills, audience, purpose, writing process, self-evaluation. Teaching writing -- research, skill acquisition, self-disclosure, risk and creativity, thought and discipline, evaluation. Teacher as researcher -- reflective observation, analysis of data, program evaluation, peer support systems. Teacher as developer of curriculum -- student writing, drama, literature, use of texts. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Writing.