Writing from the Core: Bringing Mindfulness and Critical Thinking into the Classroom through Expressive Writing

Course #: EDU 5620 C01
Location: Castleton University Downtown, 3rd Floor Classroom, 67 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT and online
Dates/Times: Two consecutive Saturdays, April 8 & April 15, 2017, from 9 am to 2 pm, plus work submitted throughout the week in an online format
Instructor: Joanna Tebbs Young, MA-TLA
Credits: 1 graduate credits
Cost: $300

Note: Please register online. Course payment of $300, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. Please mail check or purchase order 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

“The most important preparation for your teaching is the liberation of your voice.” (Schneider, 2003)

A teacher with writing anxiety cannot build a student's confidence in his/her own writing or creativity. In his essay, “Inviting the Mother Tongue,” Peter Elbow states that writing should be as “comfortable as an old shoe,” a form of self-expression one can slip into naturally. Writing freely and mindfully without fear of judgment, is a method by which adults and students can attain this level of comfort.

Through discussion of the research and practice of specific techniques, this course introduces the basics of expressive writing. Found to build confidence, lower stress, and open the writer to new perspectives and understanding, personal writing can boost creativity, critical thinking, and, ultimately, academic skills. Students will leave this class with a tool box of writing skills for well-being and well-thinking for both personal and classroom use.

Course Objectives

1. Learn what expressive writing is and how it can

  • lessen anxiety in one's own writing ability
  • help you find your own writing voice and confidence in self-expression
  • build confidence in ability to teach students
  • act as a tool for self-care & mindfulness

2. Build a tool box of techniques for own use
3. Experience expressive writing techniques
4. Learn how and when to use in the classroom
5. Learn how writing expressively can help students

  • develop natural, personal voice
  • build confidence in self-expression creatively and independently
  • build confidence and strengthen critical thinking skills
  • build intrinsic, active relationship with literacy
  • prepare for more academic learning and evaluation

For additional course information

Joanna Tebbs Young
(802) 747-0761

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 770-7060

Register online now!