These strips have saved me so much time! If you are like me, you type faster than you write but can't always give feedback electronically. These Error Feedback Guides for Writing Tasks give you back some time.
These strips are attached to student writing tasks during the task and when it is evaluated.
(They are printed 3 to a page to be cut and used as sidebar strips either stapled or clipped to the side. I have even gotten other teachers to use them in portfolios)
These strips that have the most common error patterns are written in Spanish and English and help...
...students embrace their own errors and figure out why the teacher or peer evaluator highlighted certain mistakes in their writing;
+students see that they can evaluate certain aspects of their own writing during and after a writing task [the language monitor];
+build a common language between teachers and learners to gain insights into language concepts that are more descriptive than letter or number grades (what is subject-verb agreement?);
+save the teacher time that used to be wasted writing repetitive comments and symbols--in fact, if there isn't a repetitive pattern the teacher may choose to ignore;
+save the student time from having to decipher teacher comments;
+teachers and students using performance assessments in many school districts because the descriptors are based on terms common to the language profession (ACTFL Performance Benchmarks, Linguafolio,FSI scale, etc.)
USE THEM FOR STUDENT FIRST DRAFTS!
USE THEM AS A METACOGNITIVE/REFLECTION TASK TO ACCELERATE LEARNING!