- Check that the learning goal is clear.
- The strategies match the learning goal.
- Learning goals start with a capital letter and end in a full stop.
- Strategies are bullet points, lower case letter, no full stop.
- Grammar, spelling, misplaced words.
I am a proof reader, what am I looking for?
- Is this comment easy to understand? Clear and concise?
- Would it be clear to a non-native English speaker?
- Is it framed in a positive, respectful manner?
- Are the ‘buts’ taken out of the sentences (e.g. “Carolyn has made great efforts to edit her writing for capital letters and full stops but she still needs to learn how to use speech marks correctly.” vs“Carolyn has made great efforts to edit her writing for capital letters and full stops. Her next goal is to learn how to use speech marks correctly.”)
• Does the comment include:
– progress made
– observations that lead to the learning goal – suggestions for ‘what now?’
– is it general enough that progress could be made and noted this school year – starts with a capital letter and ends in a full stop
– fit with the Learning Goal
– are bullet points
– start with a lower case letter – no full stop
Over all: check for grammar, spelling, misplaced words, correct use of name and his/her.