Thursday, November 5, 2015

Interesting Article on Teaching and Editing Papers in Higher Ed

This is a good article about rethinking the idea of massive edits and mark-ups on papers. I really appercaite this list of proactive shifts in how we grade and edit papers. Here are some highlights but read the article. It goes into some good details about these elements. CLICK HERE for the article.

  1. Writing is so much more than grammar, mechanics, and citation. 
  2. Being “tough on grammar” does not equal having high standards or being academically rigorous—and vice versa. 
  3. In the development of both writers and papers, correctness comes last, not first. 
  4. Rules for “grammar” are not universal. 
  5. Not all errors are the same. 
  6. Grammar, mechanics, and citation do not matter as ends unto themselves.
  7. Errors do not necessarily indicate sloppiness, laziness, stupidity, or moral failing. 
  8. When we deal with error, we should take care to not frame the conversation in an overly negative way.
  9. What is needed is not remedy but development. 
  10. Decide what few things are most important to you—and focus on those things.
  11. Give interactive lessons. 
  12. Provide supports. 
  13. Do not give much feedback on errors after the fact. 
  14. Teach editing skills. 
  15. Do not hold your students to higher standards than publishing writers.
  16. Consider the “goodwill economy.
  17. Try to cultivate intrinsic reasons for students to be accurate and precise.


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