Alternatives to Grading Student Writing by Stephen Tchudi

By Stephen Tchudi

Comparing a student's growth as a author calls for outstanding a fragile stability among the student's wishes and the school's wishes. This selection of essays deals numerous leading edge innovations, concluding with principles for formulating plans of motion for introducing grading possible choices in study rooms, colleges, and districts.

A choice of essays, assembled via the NCTE's Committee on choices to Grading scholar Writing.

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Dewey, John. The School and Society and The Child and the Curriculum. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1990. Hairston, Maxine. 1 (Feb. 1982): 76-88. Hearn, Lafcadio. Talks to Writers. Ed. John Erskine. New York: Dodd, 1920. Krashen, Stephen D. Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition. New York: Pergamon, 1982. Mearns, Hughes. Creative Power: The Education of Youth in the Creative Arts. New York: Doubleday, 1929. - - - . Creative Youth: How a School Environment Set Free the Creative Spirit.

Students could not even go to the bathroom without a signed pass or bury themselves in a book when a lecture was uninteresting. To make matters worse, they were punished for any expression of discontent with their loss of physical and intellectual freedom, often by being denied further access to school. It was an all-or-nothing proposition. My school-love it or leave it-so to speak. L 16 Marie Wilson Nelson As a sixth-, seventh-, and eleventh-grade English teacher, I grew increasingly frustrated over the years.

I did? Fine? Well, was staying in tune something I could learn? I tried. Tentatively, at first. Yes. Actually, when I put some attention toward the problem, it was possible. And when I stopped being afraid, the tension went out of my throat, the cracking in my voice stopped, and something resembling a song emerged. I wasn't all that bad. When I believed that I might be able to sing, suddenly I was able to forget my self-consciousness enough to think about where the tune was going. When I allowed myself to feel the music, I experienced something akin to pleasure.

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