By Stephen Tchudi
Comparing a student's development as a author calls for notable a fragile stability among the student's wishes and the school's wishes. This number of essays deals a number of cutting edge techniques, concluding with principles for formulating plans of motion for introducing grading possible choices in study rooms, faculties, and districts.
A choice of essays, assembled by way of the NCTE's Committee on possible choices to Grading pupil Writing.
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This myth is perpetuated because students sense the arbitrary nature of the grade: "Grading cri teria may be regarded as ... mysterious, a function of teacher taste rather than a representation of inherent and tangible standards" (Jongsma 318). When students do not understand the criteria for grades and comments, they must make up the meaning, decide that the teacher had a good reason, or assume that they just won't ever understand. There is also an idea of fairness involved. If a student feels a piece he or she has written is wonderful, yet it receives a poor grade, the student will cease to trust the teacher's opinion as a reader.
Alternatives to Grading Student Writing by Stephen Tchudi