Mila did her first dictée today and wanted to clarify a few points about the process:
Q. How would you grade someone who copied the correct sentence but didn’t circle their mistakes as instructed but corrected their mistakes with red pen?
A. I wouldn’t care. It’s the same thing, right? It’s just a little harder for you to see and so I would ask them to help my old eyes out by doing it the way I wanted.
Q. Someone copied the correct sentences but forgot to circle or do anything at all with their mistakes – for 1 sentence only out of 10 sentences?
A. I wouldn’t care. Did they try? That’s all I care about.
Q. Someone copied a sentence from the board but made a mistake (like, wrote the wrong accent)? I know these are little things but it’s good to know for my first graded dictee.
A . The way I grade dictations is really just to see if they copied it correctly, including accents. I don’t care if they circle the mistakes and all that so much – it’s the accuracy of their copying. It’s not about finding out what they did wrong, certainly but what they did right. So if they just copy it correctly I am happy and then they are happy. They get judged all day in their other classes. That’s enough.
Admins don’t actually read the research. They don’t have time. If or when they do read it, they do not really grasp it. How could