Many instructors in the quantitative disciplines struggle to find meaningful ways to engage their students with discipline-specific writing. In fields traditionally dominated by numerical information, writing, at least as it’s long been construed, has often taken a second seat. However, every discipline, no matter how number-heavy, has its own writing conventions, and with a few aptly chosen exercises, students can begin to learn those conventions and become skilled writers in their chosen fields.
This presentation will provide instructors with a number of “out-of-the-box” writing activities that are adaptable to a variety of classrooms, including those in quantitative fields. Some of the activities are short, “low-stakes” exercises that students can complete in minutes and others are lengthier, multistage projects that help students develop a deeper understanding of disciplinary writing as a process.