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"In student conferences, I share my observations of their work. It becomes a dialogue."

- Charles Ellenbogen
Charles Ellenbogen
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Usage and Mechanics Providing Feedback on Student Writing Learning from Professional Writers Writing in the 21st Century
  • What kind of evaluator are you? Think about the last few papers you graded. What percent of your comments were:

    Praise comments
    (Comments such as "Good word choice" or "Nice transition.")
      %
    Question comments
    Comments such as "Did you mean to add more supporting information here?" or "Could you clarify this point?")
      %
    Instructional comments
    (Comments such as "Please check the meaning of this word" or "Try varying the length of your sentences here," offered as suggestions.)
      %
    Directional comments
    (Comments such as "Change the order of these two sentences," given as a command.)
      %
    Answer comments
    (Comments that provide only the answer, such as circling a misspelled word and writing in the correct spelling.)
      %
    Attention comments
    (Comments that use symbols such as "awk" or "!," or circling a word.)

      %
      % TOTAL
    Find out how your commenting style impacts students in this article.

  • In the workshop videos, the teachers talked about evaluating student writing on a holistic basis.

    Read this explanation of holistic versus analytic evaluation and rubrics.

    Share your opinions on these two kinds of evaluation on Channel-Talk.

  • To investigate the evaluation methods teachers have used (and researchers have investigated) throughout the past 25 years, take a look at Evaluating Student Writing: Methods and Measurement, a synopsis written by Nancy B. Hyslop for the ERIC Review.

  • The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Minnesota offers a collection of thoughtful articles on responding to student writing from the perspective of teachers and peers in the writing community.
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