FWS Teaching Days

The KNIGHTLYnews is an online forum where FWS instructors and other teachers of writing can swap and share ideas for best classroom practice. Weekly posts are designed to help teachers develop lesson plans and writing assignments, and respond to classroom challenges by introducing new teaching tools and sharing emerging pedagogical ideas. Posts also direct readers to program and campus resources that support teaching and learning, and provide opportunities for peer collaboration and mentorship. #teachlikeabear

 Across many disciplines we have so many amazing and dedicated folks who are teaching students to develop their academic writing skills in thoughtful and creative ways. But our work lives are busy and we usually don't get the opportunity to learn from each other. 

You may have heard about, or even participated in, CTI’s Big Red Teaching Days where faculty across the University open their classes for informal observation and learning through classroom visits. Because the kind of teaching we do in First-Year Writing Seminars is so special and unique, we want to organize specific opportunities for new and upcoming FWS instructors to get direct classroom experience and to learn from our greatest resource: all of you.

Last month, I reached out to ask current FWS instructors to open their classroom to visitors and share their teaching experience with others. Thank you to all who signed up!

I'd now like to invite you to sign up to visit an open FWS classroom as an observer between now and the end of the semester.

  • To participate, go to ==> https://tinyurl.com/4mbshpp7 [This spreadsheet has open class dates and times. To sign up, put your name into one of the open slots. We may make additional class times available depending on interest.]
  •  Who can sign up to observe? Anyone who is currently teaching an FWS or planning to teach one in the future.
  • Can I still sign up to host observers? Yes! email Scott Sorrell at sas528@cornell.edu.
  • What to do once you sign up? Email the instructor whose class you’ll be visiting to let them know you’re coming.

If you have any questions about participating as an observer, still want to sign up to host visitors in your class, or have questions about anything else, email me, Scott Sorrell, at sas528@cornell.edu.


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