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Honor The Work By Using It, Not Grading It


"Whenever it comes to writing," says Smokey Daniels in this video, "most teachers feel like their primary responsibility is to grade it." But that shouldn't be the case, he argues alongside Nancy Steineke. The work of students should be honored and activities in the classroom should reflect that. Smokey provides tips to share different types of writing work, while Nancy says well, if you have to grade, here are some better and more productive ways of assessing work while still honoring it.


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Nancy Steineke consults nationally as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, webinar leader, and literacy coach for K–12 teachers. She specializes in content-area literacy, nonfiction writing, purposeful close reading, literature circles, and student engagement. Using her experiences teaching English, history, and vocational education, Nancy keeps the focus on research-supported manageable strategies that help teachers get the job done in ways that best benefit students. She is the author/co-author of seven professional books, her most recent being Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Writing, a collaboration with Harvey “Smokey” Daniels. Nancy is active on Twitter, posting links and ideas useful to educators as well as retweeting posts that deserve curation. Find her on Twitter: @nsteineke.

Harvey "Smokey" Daniels works with elementary and secondary teachers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, offering demonstration lessons, workshops, and consulting, with a special focus on creating, sustaining, and renewing student-centered inquiries and discussions of all kinds. Smokey shows colleagues how to simultaneously build students' reading strategies, balance their reading diets, and strengthen the social skills they need to become genuine lifelong readers. Find him on Twitter: @smokeylit.

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Topics: Video, content area reading, Content-Area Writing, Reading, Smokey Daniels, Texts and Lessons, Writing, High School, Middle School, Nancy Steineke, nonfiction

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