Center for Teaching and Learning and
Institute for Writing Studies
The Writing on the Wall: Commenting on
The comments we leave on student papers are an important point
of contact between teacher and student. And yet at times
there is the feeling that students don’t read these comments and
instead go right for the grade, or that they remain mystified by
what we are trying to render clear.
As teachers, do we overwhelm students with the amount and vehemence
of our comments? Or do we leave them perplexed with a few random,
nearly illegible jottings summed up in a red letter grade? What do
students actually take from our comments and how do we know? How
can we manage the number of papers we get and assure that our
comments are getting through? Do we comment differently on drafts
than we do on final projects?
Please join instructors from the Institute for Writing Studies for
a roundtable discussion of these always vexed issues and share your
experiences good and bad.
Monday, November 13
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rosati Hall Conference room, 2nd floor, Staten Island Campus
Call the CTL at ext. 1861 or e-mail us at CTL@stjohns.edu.