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IDEAS FOR TEACHING DEVELOPMENTAL WRITERS
“It seems more important than ever to engage students in grappling with subject agency and of looking for ways to enhance it in their everyday lives.”
“While I begin the term with an individual writing assignment, with peer review, I then move to a second assignment, where pairs of students work together to produce a single text. Writing with a partner brings process issues into open discussion.”
“I am rethinking the [syllabus] and adding more visual cues. I already had lots of headings, bulleted lists, and the like. That’s not enough. Students are still stumbling around, unable to find the information. I decided to try more of an infographic-style, with charts, framed pull-outs, and related images.”