Responding, Revising and Assessing Student Writings (Coursera)

Responding, Revising and Assessing Student Writings (Coursera)
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This course is designed for current or future teachers, in any situation, who use or want to use writing with their students.
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Responding, Revising and Assessing Student Writings (Coursera)
When writers write, readers respond. Responding to student writing gives teachers one of the most meaningful avenues to help students learn and grow. In this module, learners will identify best practices in effectively responding to student writing. You will also define revision, identify how revision differs from editing, and examine strategies for teaching students how to engage in effective revision. Finally, because writing can also be used for testing, and because all students learn in increments over time, learners will identify a number of strategies for evaluating and assessing student writing, both for individual writings and a student writer’s progress over a period of time.

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Learners will also consider ways to involve students in both the responding and assessment processes. At the conclusion of this course, learners will have a toolbox full of strategies and practices for these three significant components of any writing class: responding to, revising and assessing student writing.

Course 4 of 5 in the Teaching Writing Specialization.


What You Will Learn

- Best practices for responding to student writing.

- Strategies and techniques for teaching revision.

- Theories and strategies for assessing student writing.


Syllabus


WEEK 1

Responding to Student Writing

It’s interesting to consider the verbs we often use to describe what we teachers do with a batch of student papers. We have papers to “grade;” papers to “correct.” Seldom do we say that we have a batch of papers we need to “respond to.” And yet it’s through our responses that students can best learn and grow. That doesn’t always happen; if you’ve taught before, you’ve probably had the experience of giving back papers on which you’ve worked hard to provide responses and instructions, only to watch your students take the papers you’re returning and turn right to the grade, ignoring everything else you’ve written. In this module, we’ll identify strategies for responding to student writing so that students will first of all, read and understand your comments, and then be able to use those comments for learning and growth. We’ll look at different ways to respond to student writing, including through conferences and peer review, and we’ll even consider effective ways to respond to students’ use of grammar. At the end of this module, you’ll reflect on how you might apply your learning to your own teaching situation.


WEEK 2

Teaching Revision

Verbs are interesting to consider when thinking of revision, too. In your classes, do (or will) you “require” revision? Will you “allow” revision? Will you “teach” revision? We might do all of these at some point, but the most challenging task – and the one that might be most valuable – is “teaching” revision. In this module, learners will identify what constitutes revision, particularly how revision differs from editing, and will examine strategies for teaching revision to their students. They will practice a variety of approaches to revision and reflect on how they might encourage revision in their classes.


WEEK 3

Evaluating, Assessing and Grading Student Writing

A confession: I love to read what my students write; I love to try and help them make that writing better. I hate having to put a grade on their writing – and yet, I am required to do so. In this module, learners will identify strategies for evaluating and assessing student writing. They will examine the nature of rubrics, and how learning objectives connect to both assignments and assessments. They’ll identify the portfolio system of writing assessment and evaluate its benefits and challenges. They’ll reflect on their own feelings about grading student writing and identify a grading system they believe would be fair and workable in their classes.


WEEK 4

Involving Students in Responding, Grading and Assessment

It’s been said that if you really want to know if you’ve learned something, teach it to someone else. In this module, learners will identify strategies for engaging students in practices most often reserved for only teachers, from having students engage in peer review to involving students in how an assignment might be assessed. They’ll identify ways that students, through reflection, can assess their own learning and identify areas of growth. They’ll reflect on their own learning throughout this course and create a plan for bringing aspects of that learning into their classrooms.



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41.00 EUR/month
This course is designed for current or future teachers, in any situation, who use or want to use writing with their students.

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