Blog by Francis Su
I’m teaching my college writing course again this Fall. You might think that’s strange. As a math professor, why am I teaching writing?
For me, teaching writing was a chance to think more deeply about how to improve my own writing. I taught this course for the first time in 2018, and as it happens, was also writing a book for the general public at the same time. The old adage “you teach what you want to learn” is really true. Every lesson I taught my students was also being put immediately into practice—the best kind of learning, for sure. The second time I taught the course in 2019, I compiled a list of parallels between the process of writing and the process of doing math.