But what if teachers steered students in another direction and away from the impending due date? By telling students that their work will be published, instead of graded, they will (hopefully, fingers crossed) write a better final product than the "good enough, got it done" essay, and then once the essay has been written, peer edited, and then published, the teacher can go through the work and assess if the objectives of the assignment were met. While I'm not a fan of putting grades on student writing, I get it: teachers need to follow the rules or expectations of school districts and have grades in their grade book. With the red-pen system students only see the negative and the grade, but by using a showcase approach, teachers can arrive at the same destination but in a more positive manner. In a way, it is tricking the students to write better the first time than waiting for the grade on the paper.
Student Showcase: #OdysseyExperts
|One of the Topic Pages with Links to Student Essays|
- Create the site.
- Organize the essays by topic.
- Embed each essays on subpages to the topic page.
- Create a Google Form for comments and embed the form on each essay page.
- Embed the spreadsheet on the comment page.
- Create a page for comments from Sam's classes and embed a shared folder.
- Share, share, share with my PLN.
The Feedback Display
Sam's classes had two options for submitting their feedback:
- complete the form on a chosen essay page or
- save their comments document in a shared folder.
|Public Comments Spreadsheet|
find their own. The point of this project was to make student writing and feedback visible, so I want all students to see all essays and all comments.
|Shared Folder of Collection of Comments|
After 14 years of teaching, I'm just tired of student writing being hidden and dying a death in a dusty folder in a locked file cabinet, and students thinking that the only relevant audience for their work is the teacher. I want the writing to breathe and live. By putting academic writing on display and allowing for interaction, students will see their work and the work of others and gain a better understanding of their potential and abilities for writing.
Please visit the #OdysseyExperts site, read, comment, and share. The students need to see that their writing is alive.