What about writing have we never gotten right in the classroom, and what can we do about that?

In response to the above question—Consistency in instruction, skills and expectations. As a community college writing teacher who often deals with recent high school graduates, I have students entering my classroom each semester with drastically different writing skills. Some are experts in organization while others submit writing with little to no punctuation or organization of ideas.

There is a great need for more communication among teachers from all grade levels—higher education included. It can be challenging to meet each student’s need in the college classroom when they come from such diverse educational backgrounds and the lack of communication in terms of student success and skills widens the gap. We all want the best for our students and to offer an environment that best harnesses their educational growth, but it seems that many institutions get lost in thinking primarily within themselves and not where the students are headed next and if they will be adequately prepared.