I recently talked with a student who had taken a college remedial writing course. Each week in the course she wrote an essay on a writing prompt such as “My weekend”. Her instructor plastered her paper with corrections such as “Tenses!” or “Watch your grammar”. However, this student did not understand what the exact tense problem was or how to correct it. Each week she repeated the same errors. Her instructor did not review whole class errors. This student did not learn any new pattern or formula for writing the essays. She only did one type of essay. She learned how to write better by asking her friends.
Do we really help our students to improve? Do we give them meaningful formative feedback that helps them improve? Or do we leave our students sinking in their own learning laps? Do we provide them with several strategies from which to select? For example, my formative assessment book on writing, Successful Student Writing Through Formative Assessment, offers many different strategies for each phase of the writing process. Formative assessment provides continual improvement and success for students.
My book, Formative Assessment: Responding to Your Students, is available through Eye on Education.
Also, my book, Successful Student Writing Through Formative Assessment, is available through Eye on Education.