AL201 is a course at MSU I taught for two semesters. The goal of the course was to support the development of writing skills involved in learning and in thinking about and critically reading complex texts.
I implemented a “Studio Approach” (Teaching/Writing in Thirdspaces as a guide) to teaching this course, which examines a dynamic method of teaching “writing” that re-imagines not only the physical space in which writing and learning occurs but also the place occupied by composition in the power structure of universities and colleges.
Students used writing assignments for other courses as the work they brought to the studio. They would come with a list of specific questions to help guide the feedback of their peers. In small groups students took turns reading and critiquing each others’ work. At various points in the semester the class would discuss a topic that affected the larger group. For example, writing thesis statements. At the end of the class students would turn in a list of goals they had based on conversations and feedback from the group. Grades were based on consistent participation in the group each week.
This course demonstrates my ability to deliver instruction and tailor course content to students.