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Beyond the Red Ink: Responding Effectively to Student Writing


When you comment on student papers, do you wonder whether you could be doing it more efficiently and effectively? Do you wish you knew what kinds of responses best help students improve their work? In this interactive workshop, Christy Friend will share results from recent research exploring how college students make use of instructor feedback, then present concrete strategies for responding to papers in ways that encourage good writing habits and motivate students to improve. Participants will discuss and collaboratively craft a response to a sample student paper, and the session will conclude with an informal question-and-answer session focused on specific writing issues that group members have encountered in their teaching.

About the Facilitator

Christy Friend is the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and a professor in the English Department. She has worked in writing program administration at several institutions and most recently directed First-Year English at USC from 2008–2012. Her research interests focus on composition theory and pedagogy, and she is a co-author of several writing textbooks, including "The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers."

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.


Beyond the Red Ink: Responding Effectively to Student Writing

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