Feedback That Moves Writers Forward

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

Foreword by Katherine Bomer

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March 2017 | 280 pages | Corwin

“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 
Grades 3-8

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.

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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ISBN: 9781506349923

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