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[Teacher-talkwrite6to8] Responding to Writing: Peer to Peer

From: Lindsay Ball <brynnsmom21_at_gmail.com_at_learner.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 11:27:48 +0900

The biggest challenge I see in my classroom when students respond to
classmates' writing is the lack of enthusiasm they have for the assignment.
I see so few of them really getting into helping one another. I usually
give a checklist to work on as the students read. They often just go
through the motions. I really wish I knew how to solve this. I have a
feeling it has to begin at the beginning of the year, the moment they walk
through my classroom door. I haven't accomplished that yet.

I don't know if I agree that peer review gives the students a sense of
audience. Each paper my students write is read by another classmate. They
always have an audience.

Jack Wilde had some good tips for peer conferencing.
1. Focus on what is working to make it safe.
2. Ask questions about the piece so the writer does not feel trapped.
3. Have the writer ask questions.

I do really like the idea of me using my own writing to teach response. I
suppose that as I teach them how to respond and model it, my students will
learn to do more with it.

Velvet also had a good peer response technique. PATS. She had her students
do this on her writing.
P: Praise
A: Ask a question
T: What is stuck in your mind?
S: Suggestions
This guide can help get more response and conversation out of my students.
What if my checklist is actually stymieing the response and conversation
for my student? That is something to thing about!

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Received on Fri Mar 11 2016 - 10:26:39 EST

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