by Amy Nickerson

10 Time-Saving Strategies for Enriching Writing Instruction

1) Collaborate Across Courses

a. Use same text/vocab/content

2) Assign Reasonable Writing Tasks

a. Short paper vs long paper and expectations

b. Manageable number of sources

c. Sequence assignments

d. Activate background knowledge

3) Provide Clear Assignment Guidelines

a. Overview, length, due date, purpose

b. Structure–format, etc.

c. Rubric explanations

4) Modeling

a. Sample papers written by students/teachers

b. Cognitive model–”How would I do it?”

c. Social model–peer review

5) Maximize Available Resources

a. Tutor, writing center, librarian

b. Collaborate with other teachers

c. Assess L2 needs and seek out online resources

6) Assign in-class Writing

a. Observe writing process, strategies, typing, time management

b. Assess issues and give immediate feedback

c. Compare in-class and out-of-class work

7) Use known Text for Source-based Writing

a. Theme-based approach

b. Research Papers

c. Ss submit outside texts and highlight parts used

8) Optimize Feedback by Priority Concerns

a. What is your focus?

b. Limit number of issues

c. Align feedback with class lessons

d. Ss journal about what they want to focus on

9) Self-timing Strategies

a. Set a goal for feedback

b. Set a max time limit and reward yourself

10) Ss Self Submission

a. Build a rubric for the Ss to fill out to self-check: It’s like a dialog and gives Ss autonomy for their work


If you have ever written a conference proposal and gotten rejected, then you’ve probably been left wondering why your proposal was not selected over others. Writing a successful conference proposal continues to be a daunting task for us as teaching professionals. Whats more, the feedback we receive on rejected proposals is often written in cryptic commentaries that provide little to no direction on how to better successfully meet future proposal expectations. We know that the work that we do both in and out of the classroom is valuable and can help make a difference in our field when shared with others, but the conference proposal for many of us continues to be a murky genre navigate.

In this blog post, I’ll cover share some of the genre expectations behind the conference proposal and provide you with some tips on writing one. This post is written with a nod to a Swalsian genre analysis perspective of the conference proposal in that it attempts to identify the major moves of the genre. Continue reading