The Forgotten Criterion – Making Writing Interesting

I stumbled across this article today and just had to share. Something that’s so relevant for teachers (especially English teachers) is that ‘blah’ feeling we get when we know we have a large stack of papers to grade. Don’t get me wrong, as educators we love seeing our students improve and reading their work…but at the same time, knowing you have a (often very dry and very large) pile to get through can be daunting and tiring before the task even begins!

That’s why when I stumbled upon Ken Lindblom’s blog post, I thought, ‘Wow, how could I have missed something so simple, and yet so important?’ And that’s the importance of interest in our students’ papers. Continue reading

Peer Editing

Peer editing is a wonderful tool…if done effectively. When students read one another’s work, they are able to see and fix errors in their peers’ papers, as well as translate those changes to their own papers. They are also able to read with a critical eye and put themselves in a teacher’s seat for a moment, hopefully looking at their work from a flipped perspective. Continue reading