Flipped Feedback — The Impact on Student Growth

For the past 25 years, I’ve taught writing through a workshop model, conferencing for two or three minutes with as many students as possible as they write in class. I would collect the pieces every couple of weeks and spend long weekends grading them at home. However, a few weeks ago, Aaron Blackwelder’s blog post, … Continue reading Flipped Feedback — The Impact on Student Growth

How to Value Personal Time While Providing Great Feedback

As an English teacher, teaching writing and supporting developing writers is paramount. I want to see my students write regularly and hone their skills to communicate meaningful ideas. However, every essay means time for me to read, make comments, and this usually means sacrificing hours of personal time. According to The Washington Post, the average … Continue reading How to Value Personal Time While Providing Great Feedback

Providing Feedback to Writers with Patty McGee – TG²Cast Episode 1

This episode features an interview with Patty McGee, author of the book Feedback That Moves Writers Forward.

Feedbacking Over Grading

My teacher partner Emily had a great idea for my blog: starting each blog with a question to think about. So, here is the question: what do grades mean to you?   Yes, loaded question. But this blog post is about grading less. And about going gradeless. This week, we had parent-teacher conferences. Last night, … Continue reading Feedbacking Over Grading

Stop. Grammartime.

Grammar. The word alone is either off-putting or inviting (you know who you are, grammarians). Perhaps you are imagining visions of worksheets, sentence diagrams, or a writing piece riddled with red ink. Or maybe you are someone who secretly corrects grammar in your mind as others speak. Wherever you fall on the love-hate continuum of … Continue reading Stop. Grammartime.

Going Gradeless and Special Education

Grading and reporting have been hot topics in education in recent years, spawning a move to grading practices that are grounded in standards, competencies, or proficiency, depending on the language of the state. The idea has been if we ensure that our grades are based on clear standards, then the meaning of the grade is … Continue reading Going Gradeless and Special Education