Evaluating Children's Writing: A Handbook of Communication Choices for Classroom Teachers

Evaluating Children's Writing: A Handbook of Communication Choices for Classroom Teachers

Evaluating Children's Writing: A Handbook of Communication Choices for Classroom Teachers

Evaluating Children's Writing: A Handbook of Communication Choices for Classroom Teachers

Synopsis

This handbook offers step-by-step instructions for evaluating and communicating with elementary school students about their writing. It examines the objectives of evaluating writing -- why we grade and what it is we base grading on -- and offers a variety of evaluation strategies teachers can use in different instructional settings. The author stresses throughout that evaluation is a form of communication between teacher and student and that grading strategies are instructional tools that teachers can select and adapt according to specific instructional purposes.

Excerpt

When the subject of evaluating children's writing comes up, teachers sometimes bristle, and when the word "grading" is introduced, some simply leave the room. Evaluating Children's Writing addresses this threatening -- even painful -- topic. It is about judging children's progress in writing, and it is about arriving at numbers or letters, checks and minuses, or smiling and frowning faces, whatever icons teachers use to communicate degrees of success (or failure) to students. Evaluating Children's Writing introduces and explains a wide range of evaluation strategies used by classroom teachers to arrive at grades. Samples of student writing accompany the instructions to illustrate the techniques. An appendix of additional student writing is provided for readers who wish to practice particular evaluation strategies.

But Evaluating Children's Writingis more than just a catalog of grading options; it is a handbook with a point of view. At the same time that it offers recipes for grading techniques, it also offers a philosophy of evaluating student writing that encourages teachers to put grading into a communication context and to analyze their own individual communication situations. It suggests making choices among the many options for evaluation by determining the instructional purpose of the assignment and considering the advantages and disadvantages of the particular strategy.

Who This Book Is For

This book is for teachers interested in exploring options for evaluating writing. It is for teachers who know how to grade one way but want to experiment with other methods. It is for teachers who are uncomfortable with the way they currently grade writing and for student teachers just learning to grade. It is for teachers who want to add writing to their repertoire of teaching tools but have been hesitant because they have wondered how to evaluate their students' work. While this handbook is primarily aimed at elementary teachers, the principles it lays out are appropriate to the evaluation of writing at any level; therefore, some secondary teachers may find it helpful as well.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.