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Sunday, May 19, 2013
MAKING WRITING MORE PRODUCTIVE WITH LESS EFFORT
Writing essay after essay seems to me to be
counter-productive. When I compare student’s essays number one and number five,
I see differences. But when I compare student’s essay number five and number
ten, there doesn’t seem to be much improvement.
In fact sometimes there is less effort in essay ten than essay five. I
have found that most students who do lots of essays will not put out maximum
effort on each essay so you will not get an accurate assessment of their
writing skills. It creates unnecessary worry that the student is getting worse.
And how much time do you spend reading these sometimes painful essays? How much angst do you have when you feel you
are not getting anywhere with them when in fact they may just be tired or bored
with writing? This is not to say that
you do not write a whole lot in class, writing makes better writers, simple as
that, but it does mean that the writing will be in manageable pieces and therefore
much easier to assess. Writing can be peer-reviewed in class so that students get
immediate feedback on good writing (and who doesn’t want kudos from their
classmates?) Good writing skills lead to good essays. Writing lots of essays is
not necessary to get better scores. It has been my experience that excessive
essay writing makes kids dislike writing and not give their best efforts so you
end up reading the essays that are not reflective of a student’s writing skills. Back to Scary Good Writing