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Well-Chosen Words: Narrative Assessments and Report Card Comments (Stenhouse in Practice Books)

Brenda Miller Power, Kelly Chandler

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ISBN 10: 1571100806 / ISBN 13: 9781571100801
Published by Stenhouse Publishers, 1998
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Title: Well-Chosen Words: Narrative Assessments and...

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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"I would rather dance stark naked in the teacher's room than write."

This declaration from a teacher captures the challenge and insecurity many educators face when they write about students' performance. Describing what and how individual students are learning is every teacher's job, but there are very few resources available to help with this essential task.

Well-Chosen Words gives you the best strategies and techniques teachers use to write narrative assessments and report card comments. If you spend long nights before report cards are due struggling with the comment section, this is the book you have been waiting for. And if you've moved from writing report card comments to crafting detailed narratives of student learning, this book will help you improve the quality of your narrative writing.

Using dozens of examples from master teachers, Brenda and Kelly show you how to

write narrative assessments when you have many students;write strong leads;compile and use classroom anecdotes in assessments;choose the right format for reporting information;save and budget your time;build home-school connections through written assessments;include livelier language and examples in evaluations;write assessments as a teaching team.

With Well-Chosen Words in hand, you'll never again face assessments in a panic.

About the Author:

Brenda Power was born in Wayne, Michigan, the daughter of a teacher and engineer. She received her bachelor and master's degrees from Michigan State University, and her doctorate from the University of New Hampshire, where she worked with Donald Graves, Donald Murray, and Thomas Newkirk.

She taught for many years at the University of Maine, leading professional development efforts in local schools, and authored or co-authored a dozen books. Brenda's passion has always been helping teachers bring their work to larger audiences: first, as the founding editor with (Ruth Shagoury) of the Teacher Research journal, and then as an editor at Stenhouse Publishers.

She founded Choice Literacy in 2006 as a multimedia resource for K-12 literacy professional development. Brenda edits a weekly newsletter for literacy leaders, The Big Fresh, with over 50,000 subscribers worldwide.

"I still love teaching and writing, though most of my teaching now involves coaching individual writers," writes Brenda. "The technology remains a challenge for me - I definitely think I was shortchanged in the engineering end of my family gene pool!"

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