Stop bringing home writing to grade and then taking it back to school untouched! Today I want to encourage you to think differently about how to go about grading kids’ writing.
- Grade ONE thing at a time. If you’re working on writing an introduction, just grade the introduction.
- Practice giving feedback on ONE thing at a time. Only give feedback on the thing you’re working on. If you’re working on writing a thesis statement, then only give feedback on that! Kids cannot handle tons of feedback on an entire essay all at the same time.
- Practice writing ONE thing at a time. If you’re working on writing an introduction, have kids write five introductions before they actually start writing the rest of the essay.
What you’ll realize is that by focusing on each little piece as you go along, you will end up with a mastered piece of essay writing! The kids won’t be stuck on individual skills because they’ve learned to master it as they go.
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