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Best Practices for Teaching Writing

Many pedagogical practices have proven themselves highly effective for teaching writing. We briefly describe some below.

In-Class Writing. Short low-stakes writing exercises done and discussed in class give students frequent chances to practice writing. David Gooblar's July 2014 essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education explains how and why he does it.

Revising. Having students reconsider and improve something they have previously written is very good at making them better writers. Revisions can consider recommendations from instructors or peers, but authors need to understand that "revision" is not solely about fixing problems someone else has identified. See the "Revision" section of the INTD 105 curated links page for tips on how to teach revising.