In What Student Writing Teaches Us, Mark opens our eyes to the many ways we can use opportunities in the classroom to assess and inform our instruction using student writing. He encourages us to consider thinking about assessment during the process of writing rather than something that happens "at the end" of a piece. He gives us examples of guiding questions he has used to balance time, topic choice and student talk for writers. He stresses that rubrics and checklists are only "tools" for summative and formative assessment and that we must use them intentionally. He reminds us that these tools are holistic when they lead to a discussion about teaching points and how educators can adjust teaching to meet the needs of our students. Mark also suggests that formative assessment should include student voice and feedback, conferencing and self assessment. He includes a number of student scenarios, student work samples and record keeping examples as well. This book will help set the tone for authentic and meaningful writing assessment within your workshop. It is a must read!
For the next two weeks, I will be gathering questions you have for Mark. Follow the following link to the Stenhouse post to read his book online. After checking out his book, post your questions for Mark in the comment box on this post. On June 23, I will post Mark's answers to all of your thoughts.
The blog tour of this book will continue with the following stops:
June 25 The Reading Zone
June 29 Teaching That Sticks
July 1 Two Writing Teachers