An archived stack of papers: 'comments'

Positive Feedback Only

In a stack of papers called Writing.

  • Apr
  • 30
  • 2013

What if you only gave students positive feedback on their writing? Could you leave a comment that begins with “I like” on every student’s paper? How would that change the way you evaluate writing? Would that impact scores or instruction? Might that make you dread evaluating writing just a leeeeeeeeettle bit less?

Think about how far negative/constructive comments have gotten... read more


In a stack of papers called Grading.

  • Dec
  • 26
  • 2007

I want to get this out there before I head off to my brother’s for a few days so here’s CommentPress. This looks promising for grading student writing online. Thanks to James for mentioning this a few days ago. I wouldn’t have known about it, otherwise.


A... read more

Put Your Comments In A Table

In a stack of papers called Writing.

  • Oct
  • 16
  • 2007

Do you find yourself writing the same comments on student papers? For any given assignment, are you finding patterns of errors that you comment on? Probably a mix of 5-10 different comments, but everything you write is a variation of the same set of comments, right?

Here’s how to get that base set of comments that will make the rest of your grading easier (at least for that one assignment).... read more

Drop Those Red Pens

In a stack of papers called Grading.

  • Dec
  • 11
  • 2006

My hand sits poised over the last of 51 Oedipus the King essays to read for this year. “Since the end of October, jeez…” I mutter and shake my head, taking another swig of black coffee. Putting Sunday morning on hold to correct papers never proves easy. But these papers have gathered dust on my desk or in my bag for going on 2 months.

Painfully aware of the fact that... read more

On Switching Comment Style

In a stack of papers called Grading.

  • Mar
  • 08
  • 2006

It’s amazing what the internet can do.

Last night, facing 60 papers to grade, I was about 3/4 of the way finished when I read a post over at Blog of Proximal Development. Thanks again to Cassandra for pointing that out to me. I’ve been to BPD before, but I haven’t been keeping up with my blog reading... read more

Your Beliefs And Who Said?

In a stack of papers called Connections.

  • Mar
  • 07
  • 2006

After about 50 essays graded in the span of 4 hours, my mind is a bit shot. I’ve still got around 20 more essays to get through before I sleep tonight. But I want to point out a few Web sites to you. Oh! And if you’re interested in that Teacher Comment Database I mentioned yesterday, please do let me know and head on over to ... read more

Teacher Comment Database

In a stack of papers called Grading.

  • Mar
  • 06
  • 2006

As teachers, we spend time pouring over student papers, making comments along the way that we hope will create better writers. Given the amount of time it takes to comment on papers, this makes grading stacks of essays even more of a burden than simply reading that many pages.

Databases: Just Great Big Lists Of Stuff

To take the sting out of grading written pieces, I suggest that we... read more

Comments: A Natural Part

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Jun
  • 18
  • 2005

Reading around a bit after my last post, I started thinking about how I’ll be grading blog entries next year. This part year, I graded them on completion. If the entry was done, it got full credit, regardless of the quality. That’s a shame because one student wrote a poem as a response from Romeo about the... read more