Thomas VanBragt teaches freshmen English at Rockford Public Schools and has been helping the district pilot a new learning management system called Schoology. This month he shares a quick and easy way to engage students in constructive collaboration. Here's what Tom has to say:
"In an attempt to teach my playwriting freshmen how to write constructive criticism for each other’s script drafts, I looked to Schoology for an answer. There, I was able to create a space for every student to provide helpful and appropriate feedback on his/her classmates’ scripts.
Technically, it was very easy to set up a separate “Discussion” in Schoology for every script from every student. At the top of each discussion, I added a written reminder of what constructive criticism looks like so each student could be successful. Schoology also allowed me to “moderate” each student’s critique before it appeared to the other students, thus allowing me to keep every comment focused and on task."
Thanks again Tom and Nerd on!