Hi everyone, I'll be releasing a new episode tomorrow:
Episode 6: Nancy Sommers
In this episode, Nancy Sommers talks about her first experience teaching, her work on responding to student writing, what comments best complement her teaching values, and she shares the importance of reflection in the writing classroom.
About 75% of the episode is about responding to student writing and developing a pedagogy that is guided by response. We talk a lot about how to have dialogues with students early in the semester about commentary, which is timely for many of us as we start a new academic year. We talk about being generous responders. We talk about how comments can mirror our voice in the classroom. We talk about having students reflect on comments throughout the semester, and how teachers can use those reflections to better understand what's working and what's not working for students.
I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the episode and how you respond to your students. How do you respond to student writing? What tips and strategies do you have? Remember you can also go to Nancy's blog post and share advice to first-time teachers.