How can I use Writing Coach to provide feedback and grade student writing?
Writing Coach makes feedback and grading easy with commenting features and built-in, standards-aligned rubrics, customized for each genre.
How can I provide student feedback in Writing Coach?
When the student submits their draft for review, machine generated comments specific to the student’s writing appear in-line. You can accept, edit, or dismiss comments, as well as add your own. You can also provide overall feedback on the student’s work.
Your Teacher Dashboard will indicate when students are awaiting your feedback.
1. Log in to TenMarks Writing. On your dashboard, scroll down to view Writing Projects, directly below Quick Links.
2. Click on the “Ready to Review” button and select the student whose draft you would like to review.
On each student’s draft, Writing Coach has already pre-populated machine-generated comments. These are suggestions you might coach the student on. You can choose to:
- Accept a machine-generated comment by clicking “Accept.”
- Dismiss a machine-generated comment by clicking on the trash can icon.
- Edit a machine-generated comment by clicking in it, typing, and then clicking “Accept.”
- Add your own comment by highlighting text and clicking “Add Comment.”
The Comments counter in the upper-right corner keeps track of the number of positive and constructive comments on this student’s work. You determine whether a comment is considered positive or constructive. Just click on the flag or star icon to change it. Note that this information is not provided to your students. It is only for you to keep track of what type of comments the student will receive.
Scroll down to provide overall feedback on how the student did on this piece of writing. Click “Preview & Send to Student” to see what your student will see before sending the draft back.
How can I grade student writing in Writing Coach?
Once students have a chance to revise their work based on your comments, they send their final drafts to you. You can use all the same commenting tools to provide feedback as the previous round, as well as grade online using the embedded rubric.
Your Teacher Dashboard will indicate when there are drafts ready to grade.
1. Log in to your Dashboard and scroll down to view Writing Projects, directly below Quick Links.
2. Click on the “Ready to Review” button and select the student whose final draft you would like to review.
Use the embedded rubric, customized for each genre, that appears at the bottom of the page, to grade student writing in four categories. You can also provide an optional comment for each category to coach the student in a specific area of growth or encourage a strength they show.
Scroll down to provide an overall comment on the essay. Then, click the “Preview & Send” button in the top-right to review your grades and comments before sending along to your student.
Rubric descriptors such as (Amazing, Strong, Growing, or Not Yet) are automatically hidden from students so they can focus on the coaching feedback you provide. You can elect to display these descriptions to students if you prefer.
How can I use the rubrics provided in Writing Coach?
TenMarks Writing rubrics articulate qualities of effective writing for each genre. They are written in student-friendly language and embedded directly in Writing Coach to make feedback and grading a seamless experience. The entire rubric can also be downloaded and printed for students.
Consider using the rubric to:
- Preview expectations with students. Review the full printed rubric for a genre with your students prior to starting a Writing Project so they know expectations for the assignment. Revisit the rubric as students prepare to submit their essays for feedback and grading.
- Coach student performance. Use language from the rubric to inform your informal feedback for students.
- Support peer feedback. Teach students how to use language from the rubric to highlight areas for celebration and improvement as they review work from their peers.
- Share performance with parents. Provide parents with a printed copy of an essay, along with a printed version of the rubric with notes indicating areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Consider having students make their own annotations to share with their parents to reflect on their own growth.
How do my students receive feedback and grades from me?
Students see your overall feedback at the top of their essay. They read through each comment you made and click “Did it” or “Dismiss.” For their final draft, they also see the description associated with level they scored on each rubric category above their essay.
How can I monitor student progress?
You can monitor student progress through the entire writing progress from your Dashboard. Once you have graded your students’ writing, click on “View Details” for a Writing Project to view performance against the rubric categories in the Class Performance table.
Consider forming heterogeneous or homogenous groups for small group instruction based on how students perform on the rubric categories.
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