Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Great Idea!!


I saw this video today by Sarah Brown Wessling of Johnston High School in Iowa, and I just had to share!  What a fantastic way to critique students' writing! I taught developmental writing to college freshman for many years, and if I were still teaching, I would use this technique in a heartbeat!

If you watch the video, you will see Ms. Wessling reviewing comments regarding a student's essay.  Each comment is numbered, so when she records her comments on the iPod, the student knows exactly what sentence she is discussing and what point she is making.  This technique allows her to go into a deeper explanation of the problem without spending an excessive amount of time writing comments that students usually don't read!

For those of you working with students with disabilities, this would be a very effective way to teach editing skills.  I especially like the technique because it is adaptable to any level of work.  Students always respond best to a multi-modal approach, and this strategy combines a visual approach with a personal auditory explanation.  Her final comment "...and they listen" says it all!

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