Center for Teaching and Learning


Everyone Should Teach Writing. An essay by Ellen Goldberger.

Take aways

  • A student's ability to be hired and promoted is dependent on their communication skills, no matter what the field.
  • If you don't have the time to correct spelling and grammar, do not grade the paper until the student has taken it to the writing center for revising. And as an added bonus; the paper will be quicker for you to grade once the writing is better.
  • Minute papers at the beginning or end of class can be used to not only practice writing, but can help the students reflect on and encoded recently-learned content.
  • If you are concerned about pushback from students because your class is not an official writing intensive course, make sure to explain to students why they need to continuously work on writing skills. It is "a practical skill that is essential to their future success".
  • Assign points for grammar and spelling if you want them to take it seriously.



According to Dik and Duffy (2009), a vocation or calling is:

"a transcendent summons, experienced as originating beyond the self, to approach a particular life role in a manner oriented toward demonstrating
or deriving a sense of purpose or meaningfulness and that holds other-oriented values and goals as primary sources of motivation." (p. 427)

At Cal Lutheran, we are tasked with helping students find their "purpose" a term chosen because of its (partial) alignment with vocation and calling. As part of the NetVue grant, faculty and staff have been encouraged to do projects to investigate vocations and its promotion among those in our community. Find out more about the project at this NetVue site.