I recently attended a seminar by Professor Paul Kei Matsuda (from Arizona State University) about the Issues and Trends in Writing Instruction and I would like to share 5 useful insights and tips that writing teachers can benefit from.
1. Thinking clearly does not necessarily mean writing clearly. It’s a fallacy that writing well exhibits clear thinking. Perhaps there is some truth to it, but I am sure there are plenty of brilliant people around that are not good writers.
What it means for Writing Teachers: Writing is a craft by itself, just as good thinking is.
2. Peer Feedback is good in writing exercises.
Teach your students how to give good peer feedback in writing exercises. Have them use rubrics. Students don’t like being embarrassed by their peers so they will write better if they know their classmates will read their work.
3. Teach your students how to use materials around them. Teach them how to cite sources well so that their writing will reflect good research and understanding of the topic at hand.
4. Tap technology. Have your students submit their work on a public site created by you. This means their work can be seen by their classmates. Google Drive could be a platform for this.
5. Learn how to write for journals and other publications. It’s a necessary evil for career development as educators.
Please share any writing instruction tips you have in the comments below