Writing the Write Way

Dr. Gerald Tindal

Published on: October 30, 2023

In this blog-guide, we address the three critical and sequential steps in teaching and assessing writing. Of course, we could have been more granular and expanded the process to far more specific steps but have kept the process to three with further articulation reserved for other blogs. We consider the first step as critical, without which, teaching and learning is likely to become jumbled: Decide on the discourse type as the structural guide that dictates all further steps. This discourse defines the content and structure of your writing prompts. After that, these further steps can be invoked uniformly (writing as a process and providing feedback and reporting results). These three basic components of writing instruction and assessment are critical for students to improve their writing by writing. Later, with more proficient writing, discourse types can be mixed and matched, but it is wise to master each type first.

Dr. Gerald Tindal

Dr. Tindal is currently Professor Emeritus and the Director of Behavioral Research and Teaching (BRT) – University of Oregon. He is the former Castle-McIntosh-Knight Professor in the College of Education and past Department Head of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership. His research focuses on alternate assessments, integrating students with disabilities in general education classrooms, curriculum-based measurement for screening students at risk, monitoring student progress, and evaluating instructional programs. Dr. Tindal conducts research on large scale testing and development of alternate assessments. This work includes investigations of teacher decision-making on test participation, test accommodations, and extended assessments of basic skills. He publishes and reviews articles in many special education journals and has written extensively on curriculum-based measurement and large-scale testing. He has also taught scores of courses on assessment systems, data driven decision-making, research design, and program evaluation.

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