Encourage your students to visit both the Writing Center and our website (especially our Resources for Writers page).
Provide extra points or extra credit for visiting the Writing Center.
Refer individual students who you think need additional writing support.
Meet with Joel Bisser, about any special situations or requests.
Keep in touch by communicating your questions, comments, and suggestions.
Required Writing Center Appointments
If you wish to require an entire class to come in for an assignment, there are a few things you must take into account before doing so:
You must let the Writing Center know as early as possible so we can plan ahead.
All students in your class MUST make an appointment ahead of time—we are not able to accommodate an entire class of walk-in sessions.
If you require confirmation that a student attended a session, your students should ask for a Tutoring Verification Form, which will serve as evidence that they attended a tutoring session.
We cannot accommodate traditional students online. They must come in for a face-to-face session.
If a student comes for a required session and is unwilling to actively participate in the session, she/he may be asked to leave without a signed form.
We have had good feedback from required sessions in the past; often it encourages students who may never have used us to give the Writing Center a try. However, we are a small operation, and we must work to serve the entire campus—not just one class. Following these policies will help us provide quality tutoring to willing participants.
If you would like to encourage your students to use the Writing Center, Joel Bisser is happy to talk with you about other effective ways to do so. Please contact him at email@example.com or ext. 8769
Guides for Commenting on Student Writing:
Haswell, R. (2006). The complexities of responding to student writing; or, looking for shortcuts via the road of excess. Across the Disciplines 3. Retrieved September 29, 2008, fromhttp://wac.colostate.edu/atd/articles/haswell2006.cfm.
Land, R. E. (1987, February). Classroom inquiry: What our students taught us about paper making.” The English Journal 76(2), 113-116.
Mosher, J. (1998, February/March). Responding to student papers: responses to avoid and productive advice to give. Word Works, 90-91.
Soles, D. (2001, December). Grading as a teaching strategy. Teaching in the Two Year College 29(2).
Bedford Guide to Teaching Writing
This site provides chapter titles for an excellent guide to teaching and evaluating writing. It also contains a link to sites that sell the book.
Create Better Writing Assignments
Reflections on Jim Corder’s “What I Learned at School.” This site offers a condensed version of Corder’s article, which discusses how teachers can create better writing assignments for their students.
Council of Writing Program Administrators
This site provides detailed information about plagiarism, including explanations of intentional vs. unintentional plagiarism, strategies for designing assignments that discourage plagiarizing, and approaches for handling suspected plagiarism.