--> Parent email:
[Child] and I are having disagreements concerning what is expected of him when it comes to your class assignments that he has initially completed but they have been returned to him stating they need correction or revision (especially when this is communicated over Edline). Would you mind please stating in an email (so I may share it with [child] and so the three of us are clear and “on the same page with the same information”) what you expect of [child] with regard to making corrections and revisions on his papers, even though you have already clearly stated on his 1st quarter report card the following, “Needs to work on correcting papers below 70%”?[Side note from me/Joy - he gave HIMSELF that comment on his report card...]--> Gerard Dawson - How to Put Feedback First for Student Learning Course
--> My Students... Last quarter, in their video reflections, they said they revised their written work "and did much better," but never showed it to me again for more feedback.
Student written work can be revised multiple times in our ELA classes. It can be revised for writing skills (claim, evidence, reasoning OR focus and showing), or for language usage (grammar and conventions). I needed something to clear up the revision process for writing or language usage. It needs to be clear for students and parents.
So... after much writing, rewriting, asking Hubby to read it as a parent, discussing, rewriting... we (yes, Hubby and I) figured out a picture would work much better. A FLOW CHART! After a quick Google search, I found a very basic app - PureFlow. As luck would have it, it's ALREADY ON MY SCHOOL-ISSUED IPAD! After more sketching, re-sketching, resizing, moving arrows, etc.... here is the final (ahem - for NOW) product:
Note: "Proficient" in the grade book (in our 7th grade ELA classes at our school) = 90%.
Our 'proof of learning' page is here on our Weebly.
Author's Note - This Feedback Loop has been REVAMPED! As of 8/1/16, it now looks like this:
My resources so far:
"FaR" tabs of our classroom Weebly
Feedback Instead of Grades LiveBinder for parents (and teachers) to inspect
My own reflections on this journey