Students often struggle to understand the expectations of their teachers when completing writing assignments. Teachers often feel frustrated when students seem to understand what they are asking, only to grade papers and see that the gap between their assignment tasks and students’ performance is larger than expected. As a Writing Center tutor and first year graduate instructor for English 1010, I have had experiences that have helped me appreciate the importance of having clear written assignment instructions as well as detailed rubrics. Having these two elements incorporated with assignments can help students focus more on their writing tasks and less on guessing what their teacher expects of them. It is difficult as teachers to remember what it’s like to not know something we have already learned and mastered. Being aware of this difficulty is important for teachers to be successful, especially when it comes to writing assignments.
Schaelling, Carly, "“Does That Make Sense?” The Importance of Clear Assignment Instructions and Rubrics" (2018). Writing Center Analysis Papers. Paper 23.