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The other two, while grammatically a disaster, at least followed the thesis and supporting paragraphs outline. I thought that the second one wasn't too badly done. The first essay, however, was kind of a shock. I guess I expected a little more out of a 10th or 11th grade pupil. Overall, I was more generous in grading than you were, but I felt like these pupils really didn't understand how to structure an expository piece of writing.
I think what I took away most from that first grading lesson is that I have a lot to learn about grading student papers. I pretty much barreled my way through those essays, ruthlessly marking the whole thing up like I would "copy editing" stories for the newspaper. It didn't Nike Roshe Images dawn on me until after we had finished how brutal and insensitive my "corrections" were, and how a real life student might take my reaction to their work as being mean. I think he challenge set before me when I start teaching
her grammar and sentence structure were superior to the other two essays that I assigned D's to previously, so by comparison, I was actually impressed when I first started reading her essay. Of course, "first" is the key word in the previous sentence.
First off I would like to say I like the name of your blog. It put a smile on my face. Second I would like to thank you for being on the opposite end of the spectrum as I on grading those essays. I too had never been asked to actually put a grade on a paper, and in my first go of it I think I was a bit of a wus. I'm not sure if I even agree with the traditionally grading system, but something needs to motivate students to write better essays than we graded last week. I've found that most people are discouraged by negativity. I think even when a poor grade does motivate someone to do better, it's out of fear of getting another bade grade. I think using fear as motivation is a bit like building a house on Nike Roshes Lava
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that many of us grade these papers based on the rank between the 3. I completely understand your feeling towards how much work went into the grading. I honestly read through each essay at least three times trying to not only figure out what all the student was trying to say to me in his or her piece, but also look for the strong and weak areas of the paper. Like you, I too looked at the third essay as a piece that actually might deserve a good grade, but as I read into it and found that even though there were examples from the text she read, there was no connection between the two. We have now seen what mistakes the teachers make that cause some students to write poorly, because from what we've learned in class especially last week is that the students look to the teacher for guided instruction and if that instruction isn't stable and enlightening then the student is pretty much doomed from that point on. I just wish we could have written comments to the teacher along with those written out for the students. It is our jobs as future teachers to correct these errors and learn for the mistakes of others. If these teachers are setting low acheivement standards for their students then it is our job to remold the minds of these kids and set better standards that will reflect their understanding and knowledge of writting and our way of teaching it to them. I too thought the essays were sub par for the most part, but I struggled at first in deciding how I could measure them. It's that same question of whether or not we should grade student writing as a sort of competition between each student or as an evualuation of their mastery of writing skills.
It's my senior year here at GVSU and even though I'm going into secondary education, I haven't once been asked to sufficiently grade a paperuntil now, that is. I don't think I realized just how much time and concentration goes into grading essays. By the way, when I say "grading" I don't just mean checking for misspelled words and subject verb agreement that's included of course, but I'm talking about making sure grammar, usage, and punctuation are used correctly, as well as ensuring that the students have a thesis, back up that thesis with concrete evidence, implement good word choice, have organization and structure within their paper, and anything else that would make a good paper great. Let me tell you, it's strenuous work! Therefore, I have decided not to become an English teacher anymorejust kidding. On a more serious note, aside from the thoughtfulness that goes into grading papers, I also was surprised at how horrible these three essays that I was required to grade were! The highest grade I gave was a C and I still couldn't pinpoint what this student was trying to say in her essay. However, Roshes Red Camo
Anyway, this whole process made me wonder about the standards we set for our students and how these standards evolve. The first two essays I thought were utterly horrible. The students didn't use examples to support their claims and there was no backbone to the essays. I don't like giving students bad grades; it makes me feel bad and if I was their teacher, I would feel that part of their failure was due to my not being as good of a teacher as I should have been. When I first read through the students' essays, I made some cursory comments and corrected the grammatical and punctuation errors. Then, on the second reading, I made more drawn out comments on the content. I too was disappointed in the lack of cohesiveness in the essays, and I wondered if I am to be doomed to read essays like this for the duration of my teaching career. Then, I began to think about the multigenre assignment and wondered if the m g could have been used to further these students' writings and make those connections that were so lacking in their papers.
sand (forgive my lifting of a biblical simile). It may get immediate results, but the foundation won't last. When given praise and then urged to do better, I've always found it impossible to refuse the challenge. Even when I've known I was being manipulated in a way, it still worked. Being praised is empowering, and can be vital tool in motivating. But of course grades are needed, and this method won't work all the time. But it is something to consider. Pollert 04/12/2006As you said, and in addition to Anita's comment I too agree that the final paper was the best written compared to the other two papers. It is sad Nike Roshe One Women Pink
I agree with you that the final paper was the most well written, although the content was a little off.
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