Coaches don’t keep score during practice (why do writing teachers?)

Grading.  This is an area of teaching I constantly struggle with.  How to grade, what to grade, how many points is this worth?

Feedback is important, but it seems that grades often get in the way of feedback and learning, instead of promoting them.

In his book Teaching Adolescent Writers, Kelly Gallagher talks about using a writing coach mindset in order to have students do more writing practice and get more feedback, without teachers doing more grading.

Here’s a simple Google Drawing that shows the 3:1 philosophy, part of the writing coach mindset.

Enjoy and share.

P.S. — This image comes from the guide I’m working on called Simplifying Feedback.  If you’d like me to send it to you, enter your email in the box on the left.

These ideas are originally created by Kelly Gallagher in his book, Teaching Adolescent Writers

These ideas are originally created by Kelly Gallagher in his book, Teaching Adolescent Writers.

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