Two students recently asked when they would get the grades for their paper: I can only hope they were looking forward to the constructive feedback that will carry them forward, rather than a number or letter to say how they compare with others.
Unapologetically, learning always comes first in our classroom and at this point we have much work still to do to ensure this writing learning goes deeper than it has previously.
As I sat down to grade the papers, I realised that - just as students had done before with their vlogs - they had not checked their writing against the rubric. This was despite recognising and reflecting on this omission in their blogs at the time, and having been given class time to do so. So we stop. We regroup. And we do it properly. Yes, it takes longer. Yes, it is more challenging, but our students would not be here were they not equal to the task.
Following these steps means that when the papers reach my eyes, they will absolutely be the best each student can do, rather than a collection of misreadings, misunderstandings and oversights. That will then allow me to give them valuable feedback to ensure growth and progress, rather than reminders to add in the obvious.
As always, happy learning!
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