Active Writing, Active Learning:
Teaching Writing to Learn and Writing Across the Disciplines
What is Writing to Learn?
What is Writing across the Curriculum?
And why are they important in the classroom?
Research shows that writing improves knowledge acquisition and retention across subject matter--from history to the hard sciences. Although many teachers from kindergarten through college already know this, we struggle with incorporating writing-based learning into our classrooms. To meet these needs, The Kean University English Department hosted the Active Writing, Active Learning Institute.
At the Institute, K-16 teachers discussed and designed interactive writing assignments to help students remember, understand, and synthesize classroom learning.
Keynote speaker Joan Mullin, a nationally-known expert in Writing Across the Curriculum at the University of Texas, Austin, introduced strategies to engage students in using writing to learn without increasing our workload, and participants explored these principles in facilitated groups and develop dynamic, usable