Writing @ Bates Archives


March 12, 2019 4:43 pm

Tools for Better, Faster Grading

Commenting on and grading papers can be one of the most time-consuming parts of faculty life. Changing our approach by using a…


November 1, 2018 3:09 pm

Writing for Critical Thinking

We all know good critical thinking when we see it, but what is it— and how can we use writing…


May 2, 2018 11:36 am

Writing @ Bates on the Road – Getting There and Setting Up

We’re doing something a little different here.  Eric Dyer, who works full time as the Administrative Coordinator for Writing @…


March 12, 2018 9:09 am

Implicit Bias and the Teaching of Writing

In a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (Yes, You have Implicit Biases, Too), David Gooblar challenges us…


November 3, 2017 10:31 am

How to grade less, grade faster, and be a better teacher of writing.

Ask any group of faculty what they find most taxing, frustrating, and draining about teaching, and late nights of grading…


October 5, 2017 11:13 am

Writing to Win vs. Writing to Evolve

In the face of outright racism, sexism and “alternative facts,” an imperative and fundamental skill we teach students is how…


September 18, 2017 4:29 pm

What We Talk About When We Talk About Student Writing

  I still remember snippets of comments my professors wrote on my papers when I was an undergraduate thirty years…


April 7, 2017 3:22 pm

A Somewhat Belated Introduction

I’ve been the Administrative Coordinator for Writing at Bates for roughly half a year, and I think this post is…


March 10, 2017 4:14 pm

Working with English Language Learners by embracing the challenges they face

One of the most common points of confusion and anxiety that I come across across in working with faculty is…


February 17, 2017 11:29 am

Using Portfolios to Teach Reflective Writing & Narratives of Learning

Whether you’re teaching a “W” course or not, in a twelve-week semester, fitting in the core aims of writing pedagogy…