How Do I Give Feedback that Improves Student Writing?
Trying to teach students to improve their writing can be like trying to teach cats to fetch: Demonstrate all you want, encourage all you want, implore all you want; you’re apt to be met with nothing but blinks. We share seven novel feedback techniques that will motivate your students and drive real improvement in their writing.
Use Feedback to Improve Student Writing
Trying to teach students to improve their writing can be like trying to teach cats to fetch:
- Demonstrate all you want
- Encourage all you want
- Implore all you want;
- You’re apt to be met with nothing but blinks.
- You’ll never change cats … but you can change students.
Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., consultant, editor of The Teaching Professor and professor emerita at Penn State-Berks, shares with you her seven novel feedback techniques that will motivate your students and drive real improvement in their writing.
Professional Development Outcomes:
- Learn how you gain student “buy-in” to the feedback process
- How you can separate feedback from grading for better results
- How to use benchmarking and “gateway” techniques to streamline the feedback process
- How you can make feedback more “actionable” for students
In just a few short minutes, you’ll gain valuable insights into strengthening and improving your pedagogy.
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Maryellen Weimer has edited The Teaching Professor newsletter since 1987 and writes the Teaching Professor Blog.
The Teaching Professor Blog features a new weekly post from Maryellen on such topics as: the scholarship of teaching and learning, classroom policies, active learning, assessment, generational differences, and student performance.
She is a professor emerita of Teaching and Learning at Penn State Berks and won Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching in 2005. Dr. Weimer has a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Penn State.
Dr. Weimer has consulted with over 450 colleges and universities on instructional issues and regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences throughout the US and Canada.
She has published several books, including: Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning: Professional Literature that Makes a Difference (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice (Jossey-Bass, 2002).
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