Teaching Resources

The Writing Program is dedicated to developing community resources and reaching out to other institutions, but we’re also careful to maintain a focus on resources for our own teachers. Pages in this section of the website have been created specifically to support teachers in the Writing Program. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to support  you and your teaching!

Welcome to New Teachers!

Our quick guide to living in Normal, teaching in the Writing Program, and successfully beginning your studies here at ISU.

Program Policies

Instructor’s Guide – Your guide to teaching in the ISU Writing Program.

Learning Outcomes – Our expectations for student learning will help guide your lesson planning.

Writing Program Forms – Program assessments, research guidelines, and informed consent documents.

The STV 250 Labs – Learn to make the most of our multimodal writing space!

Technology Tools

Guide to ReggieNet – ReggieNet is ISU’s official Course Management System (CMS). It offers many tools for posting assignments, leading discussions, and posting grades. To make the most of your ReggieNet page, be sure to view this guide.

Classroom Technologies – We’ve matched up some common classroom tasks with those technologies best suited to help. Not sure whether to use ReggieNet or GoogleDocs?  Check here for ideas on what works well.

Professional Development

The Writing Program offers many activities that encourage professional growth as a teacher and scholar. In addition to viewing the professional development opportunities listed below, please also visit this blog post to learn more.

Opportunities and Expectations – An overview of opportunities and expectations for ISU Writing Program instructors.

Recognition Form – This form can be filled out by Writing Program instructors each semester. Filling out the form registers you for various levels of Writing Program awards, designed to support and encourage instructors’ active participation in the program.

Reading/Teaching Groups – Our cohort groups meet regularly to provide support and answer questions about teaching. In addition, we often organize particular groups, called Experimental Teaching Groups, which meet regularly throughout the semester. Listen to a podcast about the Spring 2014 Experimental Teaching Group and its work with uptake genres.

Grassroots Writing Research Journal – Publication is open to all ISU students and others in the community engaged in writing research.

Podcasts – Addressing topics such as classroom activities, assessment, and teaching CHAT, our Let’s CHAT podcast series provides in-depth discussions from a variety of viewpoints.

Writing Summit – Every semester, we hold a writing summit with presentations, discussions, and group activities designed to foster our goal of program coalescence, where each instructor designs unique course plans designed to guide students forward in understanding genre and producing their own writing research. All instructors are invited to propose panels and presentations for the summit.

Sample Course Plans By submitting a sample course plan, you help develop our library of teaching resources. Additionally, browsing these resources can offer ideas for your own teaching.

Handouts, Workshop Notes, and Additional Resources

White Papers and Handouts – Materials to provide you and your students with an overview of CHAT and the Genre Studies model.

ISU Writing Research Archives – Lesson plans, syllabi, and in-class activities provided by Writing Program instructors.

Illinois State University Resources – University support for pedagogy, technology, and safety.

Public Resources for Teaching Writing – Links to recommended websites with advice on writing and teaching.

Grad Student Handbook – Teaching and scholarship go hand-in-hand. Make sure you keep on track with your own work in order to become a better resource for your students.