In my RDG courses my students complete weekly Reading Response Journals (RRJ). Students are required to read anything they would like and fill out a template with required information about what they read. They are required to format the information in a specific way. I observed that students consistently struggled with the correctly formatting the document and making sure they included all the correct information, and were losing many points as a result. I had provided detailed instructions on how to format the document/information but students were still struggling. Over an eight week period, on average, students were scoring 21/30 on the RRJ. I decided to embed a student example in each weekly assignment and told my students to compare their document to the example. If it did not look the same, then they needed to go back because they were missing something. After embedding the student example in each weekly assignment the scores increased to an average of 28/30.
Lead By Example: Providing Student Examples To Improve Student Submissions
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