I now work at the local college in their Writing Center, helping students write papers, giving presentations in classrooms about the Center and/or how to write an effective paper, or even help with resumes. I have to tell you, I am LOVING this new job!!!!!!
Once I'm here a little longer, I'll be sharing with you the most common mistakes I see, and I'll share ideas with y'all on how we can combat that as middle school/high school teachers.
So far the thing I'm noticing the most is that the teachers are not clear on their expectations or directions. Now, as a teacher, I know that students often say I didn't tell them how to do it or what not...but I even looked on these kids' Blackboard accounts and the professor just says, "Write a 5 page paper about summer".... ummmmmmm....ok. Formatting? Theme? Dialogue? What do you want?!
Thus, my first helpful hint to all you teachers out there is to make sure your directions and expectations are clear. This will help students create an outline more easily and will give them an idea of where there paper is going.
Looking forward to sharing more with you guys as I experience more!!