This is the page for support materials related to my presentation, “How to Teach Writing without Making Your Eyes Bleed.”
Nearly twenty years ago, I met an AP writing teacher who suffered subconjunctival hemorrhages from reading all her students’ work. Her eyes had popped vessels; literally, her eyes bled. She was also the most successful AP writing teacher West of the Mississippi!
In October 2022, I presented strategies to allow teachers to support their students’ writing without rupturing anything, and this page temporarily led to PDF pages of support material. At this point, it contains only my good intentions and my willingness to present strategies and specific assignments that support student learning and effective writing without damage to their teachers.
Teach Writing Without Making Your Eyes Bleed
Ideally, a student would write daily and their teacher would respond with three notes of encouragement for each gentle suggestion… That might work wonderfully if we had one student. We might manage if we had five. A class of thirty risks eyestrain. With a hundred students (or 206 students as I had one term) this sort of ideal give-and-take is impossible. I struggled for decades to find workarounds and I am eager to share.
For further information, email me about a presentation for your teachers or students.