"A Review of Timesaving Strategies"

from Engaging Ideas by John Bean, Jossey Bass, 1996, pp. 237-238.

Conclusion: A Review of Timesaving Strategies

The traditional way to coach writing is to make copious, red penciled comments on finished student products. This method, however, is almost universally regarded among composition specialists as an inefficient use of teacher energy. The comments seldom lead to improvement in student writing, and the thought of grading stacks of depressingly bad student essays discourages teachers from assigning writing. This chapter suggests ten different strategies for coaching writing, aimed at improving the quality of final products while reducing the amount of commenting time teachers need to devote to papers. Here is a nutshell review of the ten strategies discussed in this chapter.