Student Expectations and What We Teach

Students come to college well-trained to write in a specific context: the high school classroom and the timed, standardized test.  In WRI 1000 and 1100, we don't push aside that training or discount it, but instead we seek to use it as a foundation for the writing students will be asked to do at Seattle Pacific University and beyond.

This chart comes from Traynor Hansen.  Built around the course outcomes, it organizes some of the commonly held (mis)understandings students have about writing when they come to the university, setting what most students think alongside what we teach in the Writing Program so as to show how our teaching builds upon, nuances, and (at times) challenges that thinking.