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Managing the Paper Load and Responding Effectively to Student Writing

Terry Zawacki, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, University Writing Center

Give feedback appropriate to stage of the writing process:

Invest time up front by doing the following:

Practice minimal marking:

The final comment:

Finally, don’t grade shoddy work. Just fail it or require it to be resubmitted for a lower grade. If you don’t want to let the student resubmit the paper, give a grade that reflects your anguish and/or annoyance, and explain briefly your reasons for giving the grade, being direct but also courteous, recognizing that students too must set priorities.

RETURN TO TEACHING WITH WRITING: PRACTICES

Supporting WAC: