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What Are We Communicating to Students When We Write?

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What Are We Communicating to Students When We Write?

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Do we communicate more with students in writing than we used to? I think so. In addition to the course syllabus, the usual handouts, and written feedback on papers, projects, and performances, we now share all kinds of electronic messages with students. We exchange emails, post announcements on course management systems, and participate in online discussions. Those who use PowerPoint tend to make rather text-heavy slides. And if you happen to teach online, then virtually all your communication with students occurs via some written format.

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  1. Barry Davis September 10, 2019

    Dr. Weimer, thank you so much for your insights regarding writing to students and how we are communicating through our words. The research you cited demonstrates just how powerful and personal our words can be. Allow me to share my blog on this very topic: https://bdavismcdp.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/why-i-never-say-quote-unquote/ Thank you for your challenge to all educators!

  2. Barry Davis September 11, 2019

    It is far too easy to quickly jot down a peremptory response to an assignment in support of the grade I select. For this reason, I take the time to consider the vocabulary and tenor of my writing before replying. I love the questions you provided to help each educator take a long, hard look at the impact of their words and the powerful potential to challenge and inspire each student.

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