Encourage Student Interaction
Many of us already assign group projects and encourage students to help one another in the writing process, but we can go farther. It’s particularly handy, even for individualized assignments, to identify clusters of students addressing similar topics, and to encourage them to engage in peer review, even if we don’t have a “peer review” assignment. It can also help to have students conduct a “mock conference” with oral presentations, or to ask them to cite one another’s contributions to the class dialogue in their papers. Exposure to others’ arguments—and responding to those arguments—can help students recognized that they are engaged in a process of knowledge production, rather than simply getting a grade.