If you haven't used WAC techniques before, you may be wondering, "What's in it for me? Why should I bother learning the tools and techniques of WAC?" The benefits reach far beyond the immediate realm of writing:
- WAC can highlight the intersections between the known and the unknown.
- WAC helps to develop an understanding of student thought processes, with increased potential for intervening in and improving the stages of learning.
- WAC can increase the vitality of the intended connections within a course and across multiple courses.
- WAC encourages creativity in teaching.
- WAC empowers and develops personal agency in students by involving them in their own learning.
- WAC helps to create a classroom that emphasizes dialogue, reciprocity, interdependence, and individual responsibility for the quality of learning
- WAC provides a powerful set of tools that can transform teaching into scholarship.
Indeed, the above list suggests a wealth of potential to enhance the teaching and learning experiences in your classroom. But does this mean that to use WAC you have to take on the responsibilities of an English professor? No. Here's why...