Three Simple and Surprising Tips for Powerful Writing Conferences
Our Struggles are Our Greatest Gifts to Teaching: A Rocky Writing Identity Turned Author
So as not to disappoint, I first want to start off by saying that this post will not share a list of strategies or resources or thinksheets or structures to print and use for conferring with writers. Instead, these tips rely on you trusting yourself as a teacher, to put aside the requirements and expectations that many well-meaning resources suggest, and instead trust your teacher self. You have everything you need to teach the writers in your class, no matter the age or skill set, within your own head, heart, and experience
"My Mom is an Author. Check it Out!"
I have not been shy lately about sharing that I wrote my first book: Feedback that Moves Writers Forward (Corwin 2017). In fact, I recently told my parents I wanted to hang the book around my neck like Flavor Flav wears clocks (here’s Flavor Flav for those who didn’t grow up in the 80’s).
Step Away from the Red Pen - Part 5: Feedback Using Mentor Texts
I’m Jack McGee and my mom wrote a book. Though I am only 16, in my humble, and totally biased opinion, the book that she has created, Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing, is one of the highest quality and informative pieces of educational writing that anyone could have at their disposal.
Step Away from the Red Pen - Part 4: Choices in Feedback
Here’s what it used to sound like when I used mentor texts in my writing workshop early on: Me: Take a look at this piece from Cynthia Rylant. Do you see how she used figurative language in her writing? You should use figurative language just like Cynthia Rylant. Off you go!
Step Away from the Red Pen - Part 3: Feedback for the Writer Within
I hope my daughter never reads this post until she is a parent herself! She will uncover one of my favorite parenting techniques: offering choices. It helps diffuse tension while also creating agency. Let me explain. One of our biggest challenges at home is getting ready in the morning, specifically selecting what to wear. She loves to wear...
Step Away from the Red Pen - Part 2: Four Simple Words
One of my heroes, Katherine Bomer, has reminded us over and over that writing is one of the most vulnerable acts for students in school. They must lay their thoughts and “imperfections” out there on paper to be exposed to their peers, their teachers, and sometimes the entire school community.
Step Away from the Red Pen - Part 1: Why and How We Say Goodbye to the Red Pen Approach
The words we use hold power—the power to nurture, inspire, and teach. A small adjustment to our feedback wording can turn what sounds like corrective feedback into appreciative, hopeful feedback. Consider these two statements...
As we begin this series of blog posts on feedback in writing, I ask you to take a moment to reflect. Think back over your many years of writing (in or out of school) and remember the type of feedback you received...