Margin Notes

Feedback That Moves Writers Forward by Patty McGee


As teachers of writing, we have great hopes for our students. And we also have a lot of questions. Where do we start? How can we empower young writers? How can we ensure our students progress in their writing? How can we get them to take risks? And the list could go on and on. If you are asking these same questions, Patty McGee has some advice for you.

While writing through the lens of feedback, McGee pulls from educational research, learning theories, and her own action research which is why this resource is one that will speak to all writing teachers. Your thinking will be deepened on topics such as:

  • The need for growth mindset
  • How feedback can work inside a system that requires marks
  • The importance of the writer’s identity
  • Strategies to try when writers are stuck
  • Goal setting
  • Choice, ownership and agency
  • Reflecting for Learning

Included as well are tables, links, student samples, and ideas for integrating technology. One of the best things about McGee’s writing is that it gives you ideas that can be incorporated into your writing classroom tomorrow. Here’s a link to a great sample plus this one:

If this isn’t enough to make you want to get your hands on this book, you can read a recent #ShelfieTalk chat where educators shared their thoughts.  Spoiler alert – the author joins the chat!

In the comment section, share a question you have about teaching writing and we’ll enter your name to win a copy of the book!

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