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Feedback That Moves Writers Forward

How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing

By: Patricia Grawehr McGee

Patty McGee helps you transform student writers by showing you what to do to build tone, trust, motivation, and choice into your daily lessons, conferences, and revision suggestions. 
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506349923
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2017
  • Page Count: 280
  • Publication date: March 22, 2017

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“Patty McGee should be called the 'Writer Whisperer.' She offers brilliant advice for helping struggling writers, accomplished writers, and all those in between.” 
—Debbie Silver, Co-author of Teaching Kids to Thrive

The number one challenge of student writers today isn’t word choice, logic, voice, or even grammar and spelling—it’s buy-in. In Feedback That Moves Writers Forward, Patty McGee shares how to’s for teaching that changes the writing-as-obligation vibe for good. She demonstrates the way feedback can inspire students to reach new heights as writers. With Patty’s help, you learn to:

  • Resign from your position as Corrector-in-Chief and be amazed as students eagerly take over responsibility for refining their writing
  • Apply the research on growth mindset and goal setting, whether you use a writing program or a workshop model
  • Use tone, trust, and language to quicken students’ discovery of their writing identities and take risks when they are stuck
  • Use student work to deliver clear, just-in-time feedback during planning, drafting, revising, and editing 
  • Use the online printable forms for delivering customized feedback with just the right wording 
  • Balance grading and feedback
  • Help writers reflect so they are better able to apply what they learned about content, craft, and style to their future writing

One of the bravest things we can do as teachers is to admit when a long held practice isn’t working. Error-focused feedback is one such practice. So put down the red pen, pick up this book, and learn to say the right thing at the right time to develop fearless, original, and intentional writers—in any content area.



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Patricia Grawehr 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.

Table of Contents

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