Identify, Explain, and Fix—Teaching Tips

Colleagues

A topic in the wind today is the idea of teaching strategies.  When we faculty grade papers for example, our goal is to

  • Identify the error
  • Explain the error
  • Offer resources to fix the error.

For example, with regarding to passive voice.  The goal is to (a) first help the student identify passive voice throughout their writing {I will typically identify the first few instances of passive voice, then I will highlight the rest throughout their paper}, (b) second, I will help explain why active voice is stronger for the academic (and business) writer, and (c) finally, I will identify resources such as websites, videos, grammar and spell check as well as digital tools such as Word and Grammarly that will help the student move forward.

Ideally, we start with the end in mind–to help the student demonstrate mastery in their writing.  Then we work backwards to help the student find effective strategies to accomplish this end.

Please share your thoughts in terms of best practices for how you achieve this end.

I look forward hearing from you.

My best,

Dr. Cheryl Lentz
The Academic Entreprenuer

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June 24th, 2016 by admin