What I've learned from the Voice Lessons experience:
- faculty across campus wish for better writing among their students.
- not grading every piece of writing, but neverthless making some kind of writing integral to class work in classes across campus will make for better writing, small increment by small increment.
- community is possible in small settings, among people with common purposes and commitments to the work at hand, even though in other venues we as faculty may feel tired, overworked and underappreciated.
- "function" in math is not the same as "function" in pottery class and the implications for understanding, especially for first semester students, are big.
- some disciplines require particular approaches, voices in writing; what I think about this is irrelevant.
- faculty are darn interesting writers; they're funny, thoughtful, and worth reading; we should have regular readalouds.
- talking with other faculty members about writing I learn more about teaching English 111-112 and appreciate more what faculty have to offer students.
Read samples of writing from past faculty participant's seminars.
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