This is my first post on the Gateway Course blog, and I’m already intrigued by the variety of entries I have read. I am enjoying the freedom given in the Intro to the Minor to Writing course so far, but I also see it as daunting. What should I post on this blog when there are so few guidelines? In being used to strict curriculums in other classes, the freedom of contribution found in this course poses its own unique learning curve.
One of my favorite parts of this course so far is our discussion style. Professor McDaniel starts each class by asking a question that is seemingly unrelated to the process of writing. I saw this approach in the first few classes as being an icebreaker, but as we continued to follow this format, I realized how our individual answers would tie into that day’s subject on writing. For example, one day Professor McDaniel asked us about if we plan to get married, and if we know the person we would marry. This seemingly random conversation starter led to us discussing the conventions of marriage the majority of society follows and how some people follow these norms without question. We then applied this acknowledgment of marriage standards to the conventions of academic writing.
After realizing how most of our class discussions were set up, I try to guess what we will eventually be talking about just by hearing the question. I love this format because it is in stark contrast with other college discussion sections in which I have participated. I normally know what we’re going to talk about in other sections because we will just review the lecture notes. I’m curious if anyone else tries to guess where the conversation will lead to in each class. Does anyone else do this?