Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!
Today we are talking all about how to give students feedback about their writing.
You know how much I love to talk about writing, but did you know that when I was a new teacher, I actually dreaded teaching writing? I just didn’t know how to help my students be better writers. No one taught me that in college.
My lessons were too broad, and I really struggled to give good feedback to my writers that would help them grow and make changes.
Do you also struggle with this? If you do, you’re not alone!
Today I want to share some tips and tricks with you that helped me. I know that they are going to help you give effective feedback as well.
Episode 92 Takeaways:
- Focus more on content than mechanics.
- Pointing out every error doesn’t help students to become better writers.
- Feedback doesn’t have to be complicated.
- Use a simple rubric to guide feedback.
- Give one positive comment for every negative comment.
- Frame feedback as questions.
- Focus on the skill you’re currently working on.
- Giving feedback in small groups makes it easier for you to get to each student in less time.
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