What to say

  • Writing is a process
  • Writing is hard
  • Writing is becoming part of an academic conversation
  • Writing is thought in words; it is important to think before you write 
    •     You can also learn what you think when you write 
    •     But be prepared to re-write—often


What to do

  • Assignments must be clear
  • Define your expectations
  • Establish models of good and bad writing 
    •     Analyze these with the class
  • Do layered re-writing in front of the class
  • Break writing into stages
  • Share standards with the whole group in a rubric
  • Have students create a rubric together
  • Have students re-submit work
  • Provide selective feedback
  • Practice triage