I’m sure I’m not the only writing teacher who wonders whether students actually read his or her feedback and feels frustration over certain students making the same errors essay after essay. As such, Error and Reflection Logs are a great way to put those coded errors back to work!
The first step is to mark student assignments using error codes. I always mark the final draft, though occasionally the second draft as well. If I think that a student will not be able to correct a certain error on his or her own, I’ll include the correction. My Error Correction Codes chart can be downloaded at the end of this post.
After the final draft has been graded and returned, students then begin the Error and Reflection Log assignment by categorizing and correcting each coded error. This is an ongoing log which students will add to after each essay in the term, writing a new reflection after each round. Categorizing the errors enables each student to notice which types of errors are recurring. Having students write reflections on what they have learned requires them to specifically identify their own recurrent errors, and I hope, will help them to self-correct in the future.
Below is my poster in two versions. The content is the same.
My poster as an 11x17" sheet:
My poster re-formatted as two 8.5x11" letter-sized pages for easy printing:
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