Commenting On & Grading Student Writing: A Workshop for Teaching Assistants

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Teaching assistants new to grading and commenting will have opportunities to become familiar with strategies and resources supporting effective and efficient practices. Seasoned teaching assistants looking for a tune-up are welcomed as well.

Wednesday, August 28 - Thursday, August 29
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Location TBA
Cost: FREE

Important information related to registration:


  • registration is required

  • registrants are expected to attend both afternoon sessions

  • TAs must register themselves

  • a letter of participation will be provided for those who complete the workshop

Participants will...


  • become familiar with the attributes of MINIMAL marking

  • practice commenting on a diverse sampling of student writing

  • recognize the functions of comments in provoking revision

  • discuss methods for identifying and using fair grading criteria and for working with criteria supplied by others

  • practice assigning grades to an array of of student writing from social sciences sciences, humanities, etc.

  • learn strategies recommended by a panel of experienced TAs

This workshop has been well received by graduate students in the past; many indicate that it provided them with pragmatic, foundational response practices.

Please forward this message to any interested graduate student TAs.

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