College Writing Tips

Dear Teachers: Welcome Back

Christmas Break is over and you’re somewhat devastated, am I right?

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The break was not long enough and all that grading/curriculum planning you told yourself you were going to get done is still sitting in the back of your car.

You’re not alone, but it is time to get back in the groove of things, so wake up! Here are some of my tips to help get you through this upcoming semester:

  1. Get Up Early and Prep for each day. (I can already hear the communal groan). This tip is especially helpful for college professors. I know it may sound tipping to wing your lecture if you’ve written it before, but get up 20 minutes earlier and refresh yourself on the content. Your students will thank you.
  2. Every Sunday night, make sure you are fully prepped for the upcoming week. While morning refreshers are nice, it is better to be fully prepared in case you do not have the time.
  3. Grade immediately! As soon as those essays (or tests) start coming in, start grading them! Do not, I repeat DO NOT, put off grading. It will severely bite you in the rear end at the end of the semester.
  4. Have a Clear and Concise Rubric that you share with the class. This will not only give them direction on what to aim for in their essays, but it will make grading easier on you. In my opinion, no teacher should grade off a “gut-feeling.” Essays can only be graded evenly when being graded against the same scale.
  5. Plan easier lessons during the semester where there is less assignments. This provides breaks for both your students and yourself. During these times, go have fun! (Or more realistically, catch up on the grading that you keep putting off).

There you have it, my five “Welcome Back” tips for professors and teachers alike!

I wish you all the best!


7 thoughts on “Dear Teachers: Welcome Back”

  1. True! The immediate grading is a BIG plus! AND……I’ve begun planning less during the day (lesson plan wise), instead of trying to get it all in. As a teacher, I have to realize that it is OKAY if students do some independent work or group work without the teacher constantly talking the whole time!

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  2. I would like to see the education system in America revamped. Sometimes, even in college, it just appears to be busy work. I like talking, discussion and real world things better perhaps in smaller groups. Learning how to think about your thinking, honing creativity, discussing big ideas…Not always checkboxes and tests.

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    1. I love group work and it freaks my students out. I have 50% lecture, 50% group work/discussion and they ask for more lecture but when I lecture most tune out. On the other hand, Group work encourages actual critical thinking.

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