Classes start back next week, and I am ecstatic to serve as the teaching assistant for Marine Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Not only is this class one of the special few that teach real-world skills to undergraduates (GIS is a widely-used mapping software), I will test the effectiveness of my brand new science communication intervention in the classroom. The motivation behind it all? To teach students how to communicate effectively, a transferable skill that will serve them well no matter where their future paths lead.
Intervention Goals and Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this intervention, students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to write in an effective and compelling manner.
Given a prompt, students will be able to:
- independently identify their writing purpose and motivation,
- choose effective words and phrases to fulfill their purpose,
- and compose an engaging and convincing narrative.
Today, I write to introduce the intervention. Every week for the rest of the Autumn quarter, I will post about the communication topic we are discussing in class.
|Week 1||9/26||Overview and Motivation|
|Week 2||10/3||Sentence Structure|
|Week 3||10/10||Purpose and Paragraph Structure|
|Week 4||10/17||Word Choice|
|Week 7||11/7||Audience and Framing|