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Writing in Human Services

By Dr. Lisa Bloom

  • Lisa BloomWriting is important in Human Services in order to communicate effectively with parents, administrators, and teachers. Future teachers should be able to write well to provide a good model for their students.

  • All aspects of writing—such as organization, ideas, grammar, and structure—are equally important in Human Services. They all contribute to professional, informative papers.

  • Students who make As demonstrate through writing that they have successfully integrated their reading with their thinking. These students truly have understood and met the requirements of my assignments.

  • My grading is done by rubric. If you would like to see a sample rubric, you may contact me at Students who pay attention to the rubric become aware of exactly what is required of them. The rubric also helps me determine if all the components of a successful essay are present … for example, if necessary information has been left out—not integrated into the whole—or if grammatical errors present a problem.

  • I integrate writing into my classes by using a reflective journal. It is a tool for reflecting, evaluating, and focusing on learning goals. Using this tool, students make their learning experiences more personal because reflective writing requires greater individual responsibility and motivation.

  • Careers in Human Services include teaching, educational administration, and academic publishing. My students are interested in teaching writing in the future, so they hopefully benefit from my instruction in this area.

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