Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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

- Charles Ellenbogen
Charles Ellenbogen
First Steps A Shared Path Different Audiences Different Purposes
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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