This is the post that goes with my talk at AMATYC about having your Calculus Students write memos. The slide deck is below, but you can also get a good sense of the talk here. I pair up my students, then have them write 5-6 one page memos during the semester. You can see the ground rules, form they have to put the memo in, and examples of the memo questions for Calculus I here.
The rules and examples for Calculus II are here. For both classes, the idea of writing to communicate, with a hard word limit, is new, and also a little rough at first. However, since I also do projects, I have found that starting with memos works well, as it gives me and the students a chance to set expectations for their writing before they start working on the big projects.
In my opinion, this has gone really well. So well in fact, that I will be expanding on the memos in the upcoming semesters. Watch this space as I try to blog about how well it will go this spring in my Calculus II classes.
(Slides will be posted in about a week after the conference!)