Slow Writing: Developing Writing Skills with a Vintage Typewriter

Course Number: EDU 5515 C13
Instructor: David Wells
Location: Central Vermont Medical Center Conference Room #1, Berlin, VT
Dates and Times: The course begins with a one-day residency at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vermont on October 14 and continues online through November 21
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $950 includes a vintage typewriter

Note: Please register online. Purchase order or payment of $950, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. Please mail check to the Castleton Center for Schools, PO Box 6049, Rutland, VT 05701. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call the Center for Schools at (802) 770-7060.

Course Description

Bring a typewriter to your classroom to improve writing skills. We have all had the experience of watching students write and erase only to write and erase again. Truth be told, many teachers have done this with their own writing. Participants in this course will learn and utilize cutting edge teaching strategies to develop their own personal writing skills. In a purposeful twist, participants in this course will be given a vintage typewriter for their classroom to use as a tool for improving their writing skills. Why a typewriter? Typewriters force one to slow down and savor the permanence of the words on the page. Typewriters forced us to think more carefully about what is being written, and this is exactly what we want to teach to our students.

Course Objectives

As a result of active participation in this course students will:
● Develop their own writing skills through a number of writing assignments and class discussions.
● Learn teaching techniques that help students develop writing skills in the classroom.
● Become better able to model the writing process in their own classrooms.
● Have an opportunity to slow down and take time to appreciate writing with a vintage typewriter.

Course Expectations

It is expected that participants will be highly engaged in each classroom forum discussion. Forum discussions will demonstrate the participants’ understanding of new information learned in each instructional module. Regular assigned Learning Tasks will provide participants the opportunity to integrate learning into leadership practices. A Final Project will be assigned that incorporates concepts learned in the class into a SMART goal that can be used by participants in their work 

Completion of the Final Project will demonstrate the participant’s learning over the semester and will result in a practical product that can be used in the classroom.

Required Texts

Serravallo, J. The Writing Strategies Book (2017). Heinemann

Polt, R. The Typewriter Revolution (2016). The Countryman Press

For additional course information

David Wells
(802) 661-4049

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 770-7060

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