A side issue: Avoid red ink. It’s too
Enjoy Some Non-Graded
are used to seeing brown, purple, orange,
green, or aqua ink on their papers. Even
with this care, though, one student told
That brings up an important point. In
fact, it’s so important, I can’t put it here.
Look for it near the end of the article.
and tears over writing? Ease into the
learning activities that need no grades.
about writing. It becomes less painful.
Your students have strong opinions
about sports teams, texting while driving, holding a job, owning a credit card,
will not be graded, tell them to write
their opinion in one sentence and then
they write each reason on a separate
sticky note, they easily can rearrange
the reasons into a logical and effective
order. They’ve done the preliminary
Remark on two things
that he can improve.
have audiences: Tell students to brainstorm reasons why teachers shouldn’t
give homework. Let them be silly or
serious. Then ask them which reasons
reasons perfect for their peers. Next, ask
Give Two Grades
student’s writing abilities, give two
grades for each writing assignment: one
for;content;and;one;for;grammar/me-chanics. Explanations for those categories are in the next paragraphs. Giving
two separate grades shines a brighter
He’ll;appreciate;the;fairness;in;this;gra-ding system and may write with less
Grade for Content
“Content” means what the student
wrote and how well she expressed what
the introduction, is the topic clear? Is
Is it well supported by the reasons or
the illustrations, facts, and statements
well? In the concluding paragraph, is
“I’m not afraid
of big words