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Teaching Writing in Our Disciplines - Tips - FaCET

Teaching Writing in Our Disciplines

Tip Sheet No . 25

Not Just for English Faculty

Oct. 26, 1996

Retta Poe, Psychology

1. To get students to write the way you want, you have to teach them how to do it.

2. Assign writing that is interesting to you and the students

3. When assigning a paper, identify the goals of that assignment for the students.

4. Give practice assignments first.

5. Use "write-to-learn" assignments: Ask students to write "thought pieces" that are not graded but force them to think and reflect on relevant material.

6. Start a class journal in which students can write comments and questions about the class (anonymously) and you can respond to each new entry.

For more information about this workshop, contact the CTL staff or any of the following individuals who attended:

Katrina Phelps, Tony Singleton, and Carmen Williams.

The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching
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