feedback

As I looked back at my journey with this project, I realized I had not provided enough opportunities for students to talk about their work with people outside their peers and receive feedback on their progress. This blog post outlines one of the times I did provide that opportunity and delves into why this is such an important component with this type of work. From March 2015: As a cap-off to a...
Keywords: Writing Feedback
You know the feeling--that “gotta-get-this-grading-done” robotic trance. The blinding feeling of grading close to 180 essays. The guilt of balancing meaningful feedback without taking three weeks to do it. I have graded essays for years. I have tried all the tricks to get through my stacks of essays with speed and precision--setting a timer with a reward, coffee grading, yoga grading, dog park...
thumb-111a8ac8ffca8c0af5fe131f48a7f725.png  This Sept. 6th marks the launch of year two for the Michigan Teachers as Researchers Collaborative (MiTRC). The founding mission: to build collaborative participatory research between university and secondary teachers interested in exploring and developing the teaching and assessing of writing. At the heart of the...
The original posting can be viewed here. COLLECTIVE FEEDBACK: 6-WORD MEMOIRS As much as my current English unit is about the connection between the author’s experience and literate work, I am slowly interjecting a discussion of design elements and how we in the 21st century make meaning through varied modalities. In class today, I shared three student examples from last Friday’s 6-Word Memoir...
CC-5329133932_40915faf65_m-2_0.jpg In this essay, Beth Ann Rothermel describes the heavy marketing of machine-reading programs to K-12 administrators and teachers. She argues that these programs narrow and constrict the work of both writer and teacher. With machine-reading programs, she writes, teaching and learning become "formulaic and asocial." PDF of Rothermel'...
The students I’m working with today will graduate in 2018. They are citizens of the 21st century digital age. They are not the love generation, the X generation, or baby boomers. They are digital citizens. It sounds so refined, doesn’t it? When my students were preschoolers, there were already 100 million registered MySpace users. Today the number of text messages sent daily exceeds the world’s...
gearsflickr.jpg "Writing to a Machine is Not Writing At All" is an essay written by Anne Herrington and Charlie Moran, to be published in a volume honoring Ed White, who was a pioneer in the field of writing assessment. Edited by Norbert Elliot and Les Perelman, the book will be published by Hampton Press in 2011 as Writing Assessment in the 21st Century. In this...