Stephen Tchudi's Alternatives to Grading Student Writing PDF

By Stephen Tchudi

ISBN-10: 0814101305

ISBN-13: 9780814101308

Comparing a student's growth as a author calls for amazing a fragile stability among the student's wishes and the school's wishes. This selection of essays deals numerous cutting edge concepts, concluding with principles for formulating plans of motion for introducing grading possible choices in study rooms, faculties, and districts.

A number of essays, assembled by way of the NCTE's Committee on possible choices to Grading pupil Writing.

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But what can students learn from a B? They don't know what it is that they have done well or what it is that has kept them from getting an A. To be truthful, often the teacher doesn't really know either. I have wished on many occasions that I could just stick a grade on a paper that sums up my gut sense about it. But to expect my gut reaction to be accurately translated into usable information by the student is unrea­ sonable. Having to come up with a grade (and a rationale for one) puts the focus on the measurable aspects of writing-grammar, length, topic sentences-and often forces a teacher into an overly simplistic evaluation scheme.

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