a couple of writing classroom teaching tips

Here are a couple of notes I made sometime in the last few years (I’m going through my files).

Sandy Schroeder (for English 75) has students write something first day of class, then groups them into peer groups according to their different abilities, so that each group has at least one person, say, who is good at punctuation, etc.  That way the group members end up being able better to teach each other.  Angela Cox, student Fall 2004, said it worked very well.

Dan Peters (for English 70 or 75?) has students put together an anthology at the end of the quarter. They split into groups and score papers on a 0-6 scale, deciding which ones are best. Each student has to write an introduction for an uninformed reader. They actually print, bind, and “publish” it.

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