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No Tear Grading: Responding to Student Writing with Realistic Expectations

Created: April 16, 2018

April 20, 10 - 11:30 AM at the Searle Center Library. Registration is free, but requested.

Responding to student writing can sometimes seem like a daunting task. We may feel like students won’t learn unless we provide a well-crafted comment for every bad argument, every comma splice, every generalization, incorrect fact, or head-scratching digression. On the other hand, we have a sneaking suspicion that students ignore our comments, so why spend dozens of hours writing feedback that students won’t understand or will never read?

This workshop will introduce participants to strategies for setting clear expectations for feedback--both for themselves and for their students. They will go over how to communicate writing goals with your students, how to manage your own time, and how to write the feedback itself, whether through rubrics or through short responses.

Facilitated by Anne Boemler (English) and Joel Harrison (Religious Studies)


Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Professional Development, Humanities