1. How do you decide what issues to address in class?

2. How would you define writing?

3. How are students placed in your class?

4. How would you describe your students?

5. Who chooses the textbooks and syllabus/activities?

6. How does the writing class relate to other classes?

7. What, if any, exit exams are being used?

8. How does this affect your teaching?

~Olaf and Noelle


Melissa, Misty, and Heather

1. How do help your students develop their writing process?

2. How do you develop writing assignments? What are the goals of these writing assignments?

3. What type of writing prompts work best? Can you show me some examples of prompts that have been successful for you?

4. What types or genres of writing are appropriate for a basic writing class? Do you feel that it is important to focus solely on academic writing, or does personal writing play a role?

5. In writing activities, students can sometimes get very personal. Do you find it necessary to assign writing prompts that will avoid responses that are too personal? How do you respond to these extremely personal writings?

6. What are the best methods to motivate a student to write who has difficulty with writing?

7. What kinds of assessment do you use for writing assignments? How much are your classroom assessments tied to standardized assessments, if any? When grading, what weight is given to content versus grammar, etc.?

8. What are common errors/problems you find in students writing, and what methods do you use to help the students correct these problems?

9. What do you wish you’d learned about teaching writing before you set foot in a classroom?

10. What techniques do you use to keep the students engaged in order to maintain a productive classroom atmosphere?

11. Do you incorporate reading into your assignments? If so, how do you select and use the readings? What goals do you hope to accomplish through the use of these texts?

12. How do you teach writing to ESL students? What kind of grading system do you use for an ESL student?

13. Other than reading and writing, what other elements, such as media or popular culture, do you incorporate into your classroom?


Erica and Elva

Potential Questions for Interview:

1. How do you feel about portfolio assessment? Do you think that this is appropriate for all students?

2. What objectives to you have in mind when you put together your series of assignments?

3. What type of prompts, if any, don’t work? Do you see any trends in prompts in terms of interest and disinterest?

4. How do you feel about personal writing? What types of experiences and/or activities have you done dealing with personal writing?

5. Generally, what is the passing rate of your class?

6. How has your perception of teaching writing changed since you have been teaching? What kinds of things are beginning to shift or change?

7. What is your policy on grammar? How high of a precedence does it have as far as assessment goes, and in terms of the class itself?

8. How much grammar to you find you have to teach?

9. How important is revising and editing in your class?

10. What place does revising and editing play in a student’s progress as a writer? What strategies do you have that make them see past the “first draft syndrome?”

11. What do you consider to be a finished product.

12. What do you want to accomplish with your students at the end of the semester?


Anne and Mere

1.a. How do you encourage the development of the writing process in your students?
1.b. How do you approach students whose processes are different?

2.a. How do you develop writing assignments?
2.b. What are some of the writing assignments?

3.a. What type of writing prompts work best?
3.b. Can you show me some examples of prompts that have been successful for you?

4.a. What are the best methods to motivate a student to write who has difficulty with writing?
4.b. Have you experienced any methods that did not work?

5.a. What kinds of assessment do you use for writing assignments? How much are your classroom assessments tied to standardized assessments, if any?
5.b. Is it possible to look at some samples of students’ writing, to show me how you respond to and assess student writing?

6.a. What are common errors/problems you find in students’ writing?
6.b. What methods do you use to correct these problems?

7.a. What is your educational background in developmental/basic writing?
7.b. What do you wish you’d learned about teaching writing before you set foot in a classroom?

8. For subjects outside of Language Arts/English, how do you think writing should be incorporated?

9. What techniques do you use to keep the students engaged in order to maintain a productive classroom atmosphere?

10. Do you find group work to be successful in your basic writing classroom? Why or why not?

11.a. Do you have your students practice personal writing?
11.b. Do you believe personal writing is benefical to or hinders basic writers?
11.c. In your experience, how do you deal with extremely personal writing?

12. How do you handle a student with special needs when it involves writing?

13.a. Do you have any specific computer programs to assist your students with writing assignments and lessons?
13.b. What types of technology work best for your students?

14.a. How do you teach writing to ESL students?
14.b. What kind of grading system do you use for an ESL student?

15.a. How do you come up with ideas for writing assignments?
15.b. What kind of requirements or mandates are set for you by the department?

16. How do you integrate reading and writing?

17. Do you incorporate writing and media? How?