Feedback that Moves Writers Forward
How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing
Patty McGee, Corwin 2017
Patty McGee, Corwin 2017
In Feedback That Moves Writers Forward, Patty 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.
"Patty McGee provides a much-needed process for creating a nurturing environment that develops students' positive writing identities and skills while building on their strengths. Through this powerful feedback lens, teachers gain a wider view of how to empower novice writer to take risks, set goals, make choices, and reflect on their progress and writing."
—Terrel A. Young, EdD, Professor, Brigham Young University
"When reading a professional text, my experience has trained me to to expect one of three things: a book with a solid pedagogy, a book with practicality and on a lucky day--one with passion. I find it a rare gem when a text has all three and Patty McGee’s Feedback That Moves Writers Forward is one of these gems. With solid research and strategies galore, this book teaches us that feedback is individualized, specific, timely and--ultimately--what will motivate our students to find their unique voice as writers."
-Katie McGrath, 6th Grade Teacher, Paramus, NJ