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ERIC Number: ED354528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-5
Pages: 14
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Responding to Student Essays: A Conversation.
Teichmann, Sandra Gail; Fike, Darrell
Two college writing teachers share their viewpoint that people outside the academic setting often misunderstand the time-consuming activities involved with responding to student writing. They agree that teachers should envision evaluation as conducting a conversation with the writer of the essay. The key component of this conversation, depending on the approach to writing instruction, can be either self-disclosure, or asking questions and commenting in such a way that students will rethink their writing. The role of evaluator of student writing is always lurking in the background of any written comments, despite whatever approach is taken. Open questions are useful for prompting students to explore an issue in more detail, or to consider counter examples which might enlarge the range of reasoning. The question of whether or not an instructor can respond to student writing in a non-judgmental way is widely debated by teachers. Good writing teachers must foster the ability to listen reflectively to what the student is trying to say. To balance this, however, teachers should exhort their students to remember the reader by encouraging the reader to keep on reading. College freshmen have often come to dislike English and writing classes. Thus, one other goal should be to teach students to like writing, and consequently to let them know that a writing teacher believes in them as communicators. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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