Feedback That Moves Writers Forward

Feedback That Moves Writers Forward : How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing

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This books helps teachers apply the research on growth mindset and goal setting, whether using a writing program or a workshop model. It uses tone, trust and language to quicken students' discovery of their writing identities and take risks when they are stuck. The author also shows how to use student work to deliver clear, just-in-time feedback during planning, drafting, revising, and editing. The book ultimately helps writers reflect so they are better able to apply what they learned about content, craft, and style to their future writing.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 187 x 231 x 20.32mm | 560g
  • Corwin Press Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1506349927
  • 9781506349923
  • 319,388

Table of contents

How This Book Works for Writing Teachers of All Stripes
Chapter 1. Effective Feedback in Writing: What We Know Works
Feedback: The Research Support
Why Don't We Live the Research?
The Way Forward
Growth Mindset and Feedback
Making Space and a Place for Effective Feedback
Wrapping It Up
Chapter 2. "Integrading": How to Live in a Grading World and Still Give Feedback
Grading Versus Feedback: What Are the Differences?
One Historical Perspective of Grading and Feedback
Designs to Help Feedback and Grading Play Nicely in the Classroom
Translating These Tools Into Different Grading Systems
What to Grade? A Subjective Answer to an Important Question
Wrapping It Up
Chapter 3. Feedback Fundamentals
Fundamental 1: Discover the Writer's Identity
Fundamental 2: Set the Tone
Fundamental 3: Use Formative Assessment
Fundamental 4: Deliver Feedback That Has the Power of Three
Wrapping It Up
Chapter 4. When Writers Are Stuck: Feedback to Support Risk Taking
The Iceberg Illusion: The Bulk of the Writer's Work Is Beneath the Surface
Risk Taking: How Students See It
When Writers Feel Stuck Coming Up With Ideas: Strategies to Try
When Writers Feel Stuck Elaborating: Strategies to Try
When Writers Feel Stuck With Taking Risks: Strategies to Try
Wrapping It Up
Chapter 5. When It Is Time to Stretch and Grow: Feedback for Goal Setting
Goal Setting: A Few Essentials
How to Set and Use Goals Effectively
Feedback on Goals From Classmates
Teacher Feedback on Goals
Designing Written Feedback
Wrapping It Up
Chapter 6. When Writers Need Ownership and Agency: Feedback to Support Choice Making
A Need for Choice, Now
Originality, Ownership, and Agency
Research Support
The Trust Fall of Developing Writers
Building in Choice as Part of Feedback
Feedback That Offers Choices in Research Writing
Feedback That Offers Choices in Text Structure
Feedback That Offers Choices in Elaboration
Feedback That Offers Choices in Grammar and Conventions
Wrapping It Up
Chapter 7. Feedback Comes Full Circle: Reflecting for Learning
Reflecting for Learning
Reflection as Feedback
Writer-Centered Reflecting
Writing-Centered Reflections
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"[Feedback That Moves Writers Forward] changed my mindset from teaching writing to teaching writers. It's a subtle difference, but an important one.. . . Planning scaffolds, real world examples, prompts will all become part of our regular learning. Students loved the JK Rowling example of planning for one of the Harry Potter books (Order of the Phoenix). The practical processes, reflection, conferencing, and feedback that Patty describes in the book have already helped me begin to meet students where they are with their writing.

I loved seeing them struggle with planning timelines, the collaboration and sharing of ideas, and actual writing that has been evident in our first few days back for term (or trimester) three. They value what they are writing because it has meaning to them, and because they themselves will be self-assessing, students are carefully editing as they go." -- Abe Moore "Writing identity, growth mindset, and ownership and agency are central themes throughout the book. What stood out to me is the way Patty McGee makes the case that teacher language about students as writers and student writing is one of the biggest factors in a student's growth. . . . If you've ever found yourself unsure of what to say in a conference, [Feedback That Moves Writers Forward] is the book for you! McGee offers helpful language for teachers to use with writers in all situations. I was struck by how supportive and strategic the words she suggests were- tweaks in phrasing that will make all the difference." -- Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski * Two Writing Teachers (blog) * "I've always believed that true success in the classroom relies heavily on relationships. If you aren't connected to a student, you don't have much. In [Feedbck That Moves Writers Forward] Patty McGee says, `Essential to effective feedback is to know our young writers-who they are, what makes them tick, and how they identify their strengths.' She goes on to say that this identity is so important because `when a writer possesses a positive and strong writing identity, he or she is more inclined to invest in writing with passion and engagement.' The book has many suggestions for ways to get to know your writers and even examples that show the power of knowing a writer's identity." -- Where's the Joy (blog) "Anyone who teaches ANY sort of writing (ahem, social studies and science teachers too) must read Feedback that Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing and take Patty McGee`s ideas to heart as she explores the language teachers can use to motivate students in the classroom." -- Joy Kirr * Teachers Going Gradeless (blog) *
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About Patty McGee

Patty McGee is a Literacy Consultant whose passion and vision is to create learning environments where teachers and students discover their true potential and power. Patty's favorite moments are when groups of teachers are working with students collaboratively in the classroom. She does her best literacy research by practicing on her two children. Prior to her work as Literacy Consultant, she was Coordinator of Professional Learning in Literacy with the Northern Valley Curriculum Center. Previously, Patty was a fourth grade teacher, a Library Media Specialist, and a Literacy Coach. Patty received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at Loyola University in Maryland, an Associate School Library Media Specialist certification through Rutgers University, and her M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership through Montclair State University. Patty has also studied literacy and literacy coaching through Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project and Iona College. She has received the Milken Educator Award (2002), worked as a consultant for Workman Publishing, Scholastic, and Corwin Press, and served on several committees for the New Jersey Department of Education. Furthermore, she has been an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and presenter at the ILA, NCTE, ASCD, and Learning Forward national conferences.
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