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

From: Lindsay Ball <brynnsmom21_at_gmail.com_at_learner.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 11:11:19 +0900

The best advice given on this video was to listen to the students. It's not
that I've never thought of that before, but now that I think about it, I
wounder how often I think my way of writing is better than the students',
so I don'r really listen to their concerns. My responding to students'
writings has to be more than me looking at their papers and adding a bunch
of notes. That's what I've been doing. How does that help my students? They
see that there are problems, but how do they know how to fix them or avoid
them in another assignment.

Having students read their work aloud even to the teacher is a great idea.
I have the students read out loud in group work but never to me. It's
important for them to read it several times to really hear what the paper
is. The students' papers always need to be validated. The compliments
should always come first. A student wants to know that he/she has done
something good in the writing. Student also need to be challenged,
especially the ones who consider themselves to be writings. They need to be
told there is something to improve. Each student needs to leave the
conference with a purpose. He/she need to leave to go work on the paper
knowing exactly where to go from that point.

But then I wonder, how do I get all of this done? These teachers....wow.
They have it down in so many ways that I don't. I also wonder though, is
all the reading they do in class just models for writing? A teacher
suggested that two conferences be done before publishing. How is there time
to do this? What do the others students do during this time? How is there
enough work for them to work individually? How do these teachers stretch
themselves to get this all done? I feel like these questions weren't
answered in this workshop video.

Lindsay Ball
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