For years, Kurt Spellmeyer has been giving a talk to teachers (especially new teachers of Expository Writing) that begins with the story of how he used to teach writing "in the old days" and how he came to develop the pedagogy of Expository Writing when he came to Rutgers. He then lays out that pedagogy in great detail. It's usually a two-hour talk and we had to boil it down to something more watchable on video, so we definitely left out some things. But anyone who has heard the talk will remember Kurt's story of how he used to write assignments (in the old days) under the influence of Sartre -- a story famously punctuated with: "hate is the flame that destroys the match - discuss." We had to include that.
Though the talk is intended for new teachers, it offers students some insight into the logic behind the pedagogy of Expository Writing, which is consistent across all 250+ sections of the course offered each year at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
We actually taped three versions of the story with the intention of stitching the best moments together. But, in the end, we only used one version where Kurt was talking to high school teachers in our summer institute. Jacob Rasor was in charge of shooting and editing this video.