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Write to Learn in Energy Management

Yesterday I gave a brief presentation on how to improve student writing for our Energy Management program. I included the main points below under the broader rubric of “sometimes less is more”–both in teaching as well as in writing. In looking at a few additional resources that I could recommend for the EM faculty, I found this related journal article on using microthemes in fish and wildlife management courses, including a thoughtful rubric (another topic I touched on in the presentation). I’ll continue to add to this post as I build a Teaching/Writing Toolbox for for Energy Management at Lane.

Improving Student Writing: How to Do More with Less

For Starters:

  • make your own assumptions about writing and your expectations of students explicit
  • identify learning goals or outcomes for each assignment
  • use a rubric to assess student writing
  • share the rubric with students
  • give students an assignment sheet, and include the above in it

Middle of the Road:

  • low stakes writing—more small assignments (e.g., muddiest point / clearest point; microthemes): increases comprehension and fluency in writing about content
  • use multiple drafts for high stakes assignments
  • use a portfolio / delayed grading model
  • have students keep an error log for technical and mechanical issues in writing (punctuation, sentence boundaries, etc)
  • don’t “correct” student error; identify it, explain its rhetorical impact, and offer a few suggestions for how the student can address the issue
  • have students assess themselves using the rubric before submitting an assignment

Wrapping it Up:

  • keep it simple (less is often more when it comes to commenting on student writing as well)
  • don’t mark everything
  • spend the most time commenting on the issues in student writing that REALLY matter to you

 

Bedford Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition » Blog Archive » Many Roads to Writing | Writing Across the Curriculum | Scoop.it

Bedford Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition » Blog Archive » Many Roads to Writing | Writing Across the Curriculum | Scoop.it.