Audiences for Student Writing
There is a hashtag for everything these days including sharing your students’ writing. After your students have published their writing throw it up on Twitter with #commentsforkids. This is a hashtag devoted to people who want to read and give feedback on student writing. Instant writing community right? Check it out here.
This can mean another class within your school, a class in the same grade level within your district, or a class on the other side of the country. I have found that this method is most effective when you meet regularly rather in person, through Skype, using Google Docs, or email. Frequent feedback is the key! It also works extraordinarily well to have students buddy up with a writer of similar skill level. They can encourage one another and give feedback. When students meet with people that are too far above or below from their own skill level frustration happens.
Check out this post for cooperative learning strategies perfect for sharing writing with peers.
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