Tyll Zybura

Lehre und Lerne | Teach and Learn

Appreciative responses to student writing

Tyll Zybura | 3 Nov 2017 |

1 Introduction

Why I don’t call my responses ‘feedback’ and how they connect to revision-oriented supervision of student writing.

2 Structure and rhetoric

Explains the specific structural elements of my responses and their function, together with an elaboration of the appreciative rhetoric that makes it effective.

3 Immediate and longterm effects

The main reason why I use this method is that it effectively improves student writing in the short term and can create incredibly rewarding scholarly relationships in the long term.

4 Examples

Nothing shows the concept better than actual responses to student writing. Here I have selected a small number of examples with added highlighting of the structural components.

5 Notes on time management

Appreciative responses are not more time consuming than other forms of feedback, if the lecturer sets certain priorities.


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