Grading and Written Feedback

This past Friday we discussed the best and worst feedback we’ve ever received on our writing–best meaning most helpful and/or most striking, formative compliments, and worst meaning least helpful and/or most striking, formative critiques. We noted that the least helpful comments offered no insight, no reasoning behind judgment, and/or no suggestions for revisions. Examples: a letter […]

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7 Tips for Peer Review

Who’s got a successful peer review strategy to share? My usual includes these techniques: 1. Teach peer review: instruct students how to provide feedback, give them examples of feedback comments, show them papers revised based on comments, and have them practice crafting feedback as a class or in small groups. 2. Writers reflect in discussion […]

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In the video below, faculty  across the disciplines at New Mexico State U talk about their writing. We need one of these for TU. Who wants to help me make this happen? (Featured image credit at this link)

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Sept. 2: Tips from the Group

Teacher Talk at Two, Sept. 2, 2016 Tips: If students are not reading or not quiz-ready or miss distributed readings because there was an IT error, your back-up plan can be to give the quiz to the class as a group. Use it as a teaching instrument rather than a formative assessment. We should not excuse […]

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Pre-Writing as Invention

Today in my Introduction to College Writing class, I gave students their first formal writing assignment and walked them through it, line by line. After we’d gone through several silly and serious questions about deadlines and such, I gave them 20 minutes to work on pre-writing. I’d introduced pre-writing this way: PRE-WRITING WRITING POST-WRITING I’d […]

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