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Providing Feedback on Student Writing and Video - Edudemic

Providing Feedback on Student Writing and Video - Edudemic | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Providing timely and effective feedback on student work is a critical component to any classroom. As students increasingly operate and create in a digital environment, emerging tools provide unique new opportunities for teachers to provide feedback on both written work and video projects.   Feedback on Written Work With the increased adoption of Google Apps …
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Personal feedback is an essential part of the writing process.  Delivering that feedback in a blended or flipped classroom, or in a fully online class requires some tech skill.  This article will give you a way to get the job done! 

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Big Data: Data Analytics and the Assessment of Student Writing

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Experts have long discussed the power of big data to revolutionize educational assessment.

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Practice and Pilot Tests | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Practice and Pilot Tests | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests provide an early look at sets of assessment questions aligned to the Common Core for grades 3–8 and 11 in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The release of the Practice Tests follows the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test, the first large-scale tryout of items and performance tasks, conducted February – May 2013.

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I like that students will be able to take tests on the computer and have access to the common word processing tools we've come to expect. Lots of assessment and Common Core resources here! 

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Portfolios - Resource Topics - National Writing Project

Portfolios - Resource Topics - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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As you would expect; great resources from the National Writing project.

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6-Traits Resources: Turning Criticisms to 'I" Comments

6-Traits Resources: Turning Criticisms to 'I" Comments | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

I am using Spandel's Creating Writers 6 Traits, Process, Workshop, and Literature 6th Edition in my upcoming online class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6th Traits.  This is a graduate course offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Part of our time is spent assessing sample papers and writing feedback. I'll use this chart to emphasize the need to convert criticism to "I" comments.

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I love teaching this class! 

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I like this idea....

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This is a great way to make students more critically constructive.

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Fraction of Special Ed. Students Proficient on National Writing Test

Fraction of Special Ed. Students Proficient on National Writing Test | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Education Week reporter Nirvi Shah tracks news and trends of interest to the special education community, including administrators, teachers, and parents.

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Results from the first NAEP computer-based writing assessment

Results from the first NAEP computer-based writing assessment | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it


-About 27 percent of students perform at or above the Proficient level at both grades
-About 80 percent of students perform at or above the Basic level at both grades
-Female students score higher than male students at both grades


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Improving Student Expository Writing

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In Texas we have a new state test called the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and some schools like mine, were surprised by the student poor performance in writing.


he question is, "What should they be reading?" My son in-law answered this question also, "They need to read the same type of things that you want them to write." So, there you have it. Our students were doing poorly on expository writing so they need to do more expository reading? Well, perhaps not. I'm not sure exactly what expository reading is but what the students need is to read more writing that is expository in nature.

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BoomWriter - engaging creative writing website

BoomWriter - engaging creative writing website | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

BoomWriter is a supremely engaging creative writing website that has students reading, writing and assessing content in ways they’ve never done before! It's easy & it's free.


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Writing Traits: Preparing for the State Writing Exam

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This page of resources was created as a collaborative effort between the Northern Nevada Writing Project and Nevada's Northwest Regional Professional Development Program. Creating this set of resources required us to score thousands of student samples, write dozens of annotations, and design a series of instructional tools that were--first and foremost--good for writers, and good for test scores too.

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Building 21st Century Writers -- THE Journal

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Student achievement scores take off with the implementation of tech-supported writing initiatives that cross curriculum lines.


"Under normal circumstances, when a classroom of 30 students writes essays on paper and hands them into their teacher," Anderson explains, "it would be impossible to give them each feedback within 20 seconds, and by the time you do get back to the students with notes or corrections, they've mentally moved on from the assignment."

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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Writing for the Test (Ladies)

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Test Ladies™ unite! Timing truly is everything when we’re helping students prepare for the writing portion of the state assessment. Check out a strategy that gets kids writing—fast!

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Timed writing practice can help kids conquer their fear of the clock.  Here we have another take on Natalie Goldberg's classic advice:  Just keep the pen moving!  ~ Dennis

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An Investigation of the Impact of the 6+1 Trait Writing Model on Grade 5 Student Writing Achievement | Education Northwest

An Investigation of the Impact of the 6+1 Trait Writing Model on Grade 5 Student Writing Achievement | Education Northwest | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This scientific study conducted in 74 Oregon elementary schools showed that the 6+1 Trait Writing model caused a statistically significant increase in student writing scores during the year in which it was studied.
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Improving Written Feedback - HuntingEnglish

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by Alex Quigley


"This week I gave a seminar at TeachMeet Clevedon. I am going to post more fully on my topic of teachers getting better by undertaking ‘deliberate practice‘ sometime soon. One smaller aspect of my presentation was how teachers can improve written feedback, both to improve learning and to marginally reduce the time taken to give written feedback. With the gift of more time we can free ourselves to pursue becoming a better teacher more deliberately: with reflection, planning and deliberate practice. Of course, written feedback is so crucial that it can improve teaching and learning significantly, therefore it deserves our attention in its own right.


"The following list of tips is a synthesis of my experience and that of my English department (see our policy for feedback here). It also draws upon many excellent teachers and their cumulative experience of effective written feedback."

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Approaches to process writing ~ British Council and BBC

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"It is a myth that all it takes to write is to sit down in front of a blank page, to begin at the beginning and write through to the end, with no planning, break, editing, or changes in between. And yet, this is sometimes what we ask our students to do. Good writers plan and revise, rearrange and delete text, re-reading and producing multiple drafts before they produce their finished document. This is what a process writing approach is about."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:35 PM

Good overview and refresher.

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, August 18, 2013 8:23 PM

Couldn't agree more ... thanks for sharing.

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Caution: Machine Scoring = Formulaic Writing

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The last few weeks have seen a furor over machine scoring—especially as people recognize that this is the method proposed by developers of the CCSS writing assessments. In my view, machine scoring will inevitably promote formulaic writing.
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Routine Writing

Teaching & Assessing Common Writing with Six Traits (an Oklahoma Writing Project presentation)
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Understanding the relationship between 6-Trait and the common core standards is a necessary professional skill. Pay particular attention to the Common Core's 10 Anchor Standards for Writing.  You'll see the connections. 

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Professor Builds Tool That Automatically Grades Writing Assignments | Edudemic

Professor Builds Tool That Automatically Grades Writing Assignments | Edudemic | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

One of the most interesting points to make about this tool is that it’s more than just a tool that analyzes keywords. That’s a big part of how search engines basically work. What this web tool does is actually understand concepts. It’ll let the student know if their essay is not hitting on the key points that need to be made.


So how accurate is it? Research done by SAGrader shows that the tool agrees with what human graders 93 – 98% of the time. So while it’s not perfect, it’s worth trying out to at least see how it fares in your classroom.

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Working Toward a Fair Assessment of Students’ Reflective Writing | Faculty Focus

Working Toward a Fair Assessment of Students’ Reflective Writing | Faculty Focus | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
There is little argument that reflective writing is a good way to foster critical thinking, encourage self expression, and give students a sense of ownership of their work (Chretien et al. 2012, Kennison and Misselwitz, 2002).
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The Nation's Report Card: Writing 2011: Executive Summary

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The Nation's Report Card: Writing 2011: Executive Summary...

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Evidence-based practices for teaching writing

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"The list of recommendations presented below is based on scientific studies of students in grades 4–12. The strategies for teaching writing are listed according to the magnitude of their effects. Practices with the strongest effects are listed first.... All of the strategies are potentially useful, and we encourage teachers to use a combination of strategies to best meet the needs of their students.


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Colleges differ on the role of exams in evaluating student writing | Inside Higher Ed

Colleges differ on the role of exams in evaluating student writing | Inside Higher Ed | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Free Plagiarism Detector Tools for Educators

Free Plagiarism Detector Tools for Educators | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This post is about free Plagiarism tools that teachers can use to deter students from cheating on assignments, which raises the quality of work for your course. Instructors can see at a glance assignments that are original and ones that contain content copied from the Internet. I have assembled all these tools in a guide below for you to download and share.


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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Helping Kids Envision Their Audience

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Advice from the test Lady:  Know your audience! 


"To help your writers envision this real live audience for their writing, consider having students draw portraits of the Test Lady™ on 11x17 paper. Hang them in the room as a constant reminder that a human being is on the other end of what they will write for the state writing prompt. "

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National Writing Project Offers High-Quality Writing Assessment Services - National Writing Project

National Writing Project Offers High-Quality Writing Assessment Services - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Over the past 8 years, the National Writing Project created and refined the Analytic Writing Continuum (AWC) Assessment System, originally based on the framework of the Six +1 Trait Writing Model (Bellamy, 2005), for research and instructional purposes. Unlike the holistic scores used in most large-scale writing assessments, which offer limited information about how improvements in student writing may be achieved, the AWC provides accurate assessment of both holistic and important performance attributes of writing.

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