Writing is critical for learning and a vital tool for communication. Effective teachers of writing develop insight from their own writing experiences and also that of their peers. English grammar provides many challenges for writers as they move from early drafts to finished pieces of writing. Research conducted over many decades suggests that teaching grammar in isolation has little, if any, effect on student writing.
In this class we will explore English grammar in the context of our own writing, including issues of style, punctuation, and mechanics. Through the process of addressing grammar in our own writing, we will develop strategies to support student writers in the classroom.
Even though this class is especially suited for educators and undergraduate students interested in education, all writers interested in developing and polishing their writing are welcome.
To remain safe during the pandemic, this summer's offering of Grammar for Teachers will convene remotely, using the Zoom meeting environment for synchronous class meetings and Canvas and other online tools for asynchronous learning opportunities. Teaching remotely during spring quarter helped me understand how these tools can provide satisfying opportunities for building rich and collaborative learning communities.