Advice on teaching (and grading) lab report writing

Submitted by Dr. J. Metzker / Georgia College on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 12:49

I am currently in the trenches grading many general chemistry and inorganic lab reports.  I wonder what strategies you use to teach and grade reports.  I provide students with detailed guidelines and a grading rubric.  They seem to have no problem following the format but they still struggle with presenting a logical analysis of their results that lead them to a viable conclusion.