- A student receives this graded paper back and most likely will say something like "Shit. I knew that paper sucked" or "Yeah..I wont procrastinate another paper in this class."
- But what if these comments were the good kind of comments? What if those X's on the paper meant that you already said enough about the topic and the teacher liked what you wrote. The teacher is having a conversation with you rather than correcting your errors. The problem is, most students see this type of feedback as negative. It looks negative, it looks wrong, it definitely does not look like an A paper.
A teacher isn't really teaching or involving themselves until they're writing with their students. I see it as this, you compliment a girl on the color she's wearing and I'm sure that color will be entering her wardrobe much more than before. Same goes for a teacher commenting on student writing, if the teacher has positive insights to add to your paper, it's a huge positive reinforcement to where the student stands in the class. I feel its even more valuable than a letter grade.
Teacher's are letting you know where you stand in your writing by simply having a conversation with you.
It also is nice to know that all those hours you spent writing that paper at least has something to show for rather than a simple "you got an A."
Are some teachers afraid that their excessive comments of greatness will then lead the student to slack off and not try as hard? One of the comments on the list says that students will become too confident with the teacher's feedback. My thoughts on that attitude seems a little like this