By Anita Swigart
I'm not suggesting that teachers yell at their students or make them do drills repeatedly. What I am suggesting is that teachers have to give feedback at every step of writing...and give it as soon as possible and as clearly. I know teachers in high school who don't put one mark on a composition except a grade. What does that tell a student? Unless the paper is perfect, it tells them nothing and gives them no opportunity to improve. That is not teaching. That is scoring. I know that we are all overworked: too many students, too little prep and grading time, etc. but if we fail to give our students feedback we are simply not doing our jobs and we have no reason to wonder why our students can't write. We are the reason they can't write.