After being merged with GSU, GPC (now PC) faculty got an email offering us $2,000 to convert one of our courses to a “writing intensive course”, part of Georgia State’s Writing Across the Curriculum program. Willing to do anything ethical for cash, emboldened by the lowering of entropy in my life over the past year and eager to take advantage of a benefit of aforementioned merger, I accepted. Well, I applied and they accepted me.
In the past I have included plenty of writing in my courses, with the firm belief that what they know doesn’t matter if they can’t communicate it in a complete sentence that is appropriate for their audience. Not that I thought it wouldn’t be any work, but this didn’t look to be all that different from what I have already done.
Then I read the required reading (uh oh) for the mandatory conference this week, and uh, it turns out that I don’t teach students how to think by writing at. all. I have focused on the finished product for so long that I lost sight of the fact that I myself use writing to develop thoughts. Ugh, such a boring post, but kind of an important development in my head: figure out how to show my students to use writing to think critically.