Myths and Realties

When Not to Respond

Designing Writing Assignments

Commenting: Margins and End

Commenting on Drafts


Helping Students Learn Editing

Helping Students Learn to Fix Errors

Overview of Rhetorical Context

Discipline Specific Resources

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More Suggestions from Experienced Teachers of Composition

When I shift my perspective from commenting as assessment to commenting as teaching, I find that my comments are more helpful for students and the whole process seems more worthwhile. As another teacher put it: "Consider all "final papers" actually another draft. It has changed my perspective on comments, giving them more positive points to go on instead of 'final judgments.'" Other experienced writing teachers add their insights in the sections below.