Discussion in 'General Education' started by kellzy, Sep 16, 2013.
Sep 19, 2013
The red issue is silly.
On April 1, I correct in pencil (or the color of pen they used).
In their handwriting.
I grade with anything that will write!!
I have a variety of pen colors, but I normally choose purple or green. I think it's just a personal preference as I don't use the colors for anything else (making lists, writing checks, meeting notes, etc).
Honestly, I feel that the whole "red is shouting at the child" is ridiculous. However, I worry about the parent who will tell me that I'm hurting their child's feelings by "screaming" with my red pen.
Sep 21, 2013
When I was in the classroom, I graded with a green felt pen. If I was all out of green pens, I would use purple, but it was almost always a green pen. I stayed away from red because I subscribe to the "red is bad" theory.
I also only marked correct answers, not the incorrect answers. It was very startling for students who were not used to it.They would get a paper back full of green marks, and the horror on their face was kind of amusing... they thought they had gotten the whole page wrong. Once they realized that I had circled all the correct answers, a smile would slowly grow on their faces. Once they got used to my silly little system, they could tell how well they did just by how green their papers were. This worked in all subjects except for when they had to write paragraphs, essays, etc. In those cases, I just did things like others teachers did, but still used my green ink.
Is using red like shouting at a student? I don't know if I agree with that.. but I do agree that having a paper all marked up in any color IS shouting at kids. That was evident the first time my kids saw their marked-up-in-green assignments. I was shouting out how well they did, as opposed to how much they got incorrect. Did it make a difference in their reactions and self esteem? While I would like to think so, the truth is that you would have to ask them. At the very least, it made me feel better to do things that way, and that counts enough for me.
I also see no harm in red ... Parents who moan and groan about little things like this make me hate teaching.
Right now my hot pink Sharpie pen is my favourite.
I grade with whatever I have closest to me. Sometimes if I take a break mid-grading (or if the pen/marker dies), the test will be graded in two (or even three) different colors!
Sep 22, 2013
That is perfect!!
Just my luck, I'm testing April 2nd this year . I may have to find a way to quiz on March 31 so I can hand it back on April 1.
Same here! I just wish the yellow showed up better because it's my favorite scent!
Sometimes I let the kids pick which smell they want on their paper :lol:
Sep 24, 2013
I do the same.