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Conferring and Response

Written by Troy Hicks
February 28, 2011

Teachers Teaching Teachers – 10/14/09 – Conferring and Response in the Digital Writing Workshop

Troy Hicks, Melissa Pomerantz, Heather Lewis, and Joe Bellino. Hosted by Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim.

Response is the most powerful way for writer’s to grow, so we want to think about assessment, and how students give and receive feedback. Here, we talk about what it means for teachers to provide feedback to their students using audio and embedded comments, as well as how teachers can structure positive experiences for students as they learn to respond to each other’s work. Highlights from the conversation include:

  • 7:00 – reading intro to the chapter, citing Bud
  • 8:50 – Troy introduces Melissa and she describes “the 1:1 nightmare”
  • 11:20 – Melissa describes the Word audio embed function 
  • 13:10 – She talks about writing responses to students vs. recording/talking them using Audacity
  • 18:00 – Susan mentions screencasting and VoiceThread, and the possibility of sharing with parents
  • 25:40 – Troy introduces Heather, who talks about the benefits of using Google Docs, including revision and ownership 
  • 39:30 – Heather talks about conferring and types of response she offers
  • 43:00 – Troy introduces Joe and gets an overview of how he uses Google Docs
  • 49:20 – Joe describes how peer response in Google Docs, for his students, is more valuable than with typical peer response talk 
  • 52:00 – A discussion of how to build community using technologies

Open TTT – October 14 2009_0.mp3



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