Students complete four steps within a Writing Cycle assignment. They first write a draft, then practice on Writing topics related to the draft, anonymously peer-review classmates' work, and finally make revisions to original drafts based on ratings and feedback left by peers.
During that process, there is an opportunity for students to leave feedback for one another anonymously. Here are a few ways NoRedInk dissuades students from leaving hurtful or inappropriate remarks:
(1.) NoRedInk automatically checks each student-written comment against a list of almost 600 words. If any questionable words are found, the student receives a pop-out window that says, "We noticed language in your submission that may not be appropriate for school. Remember that this comment will be viewed by your teacher as well as your peers. If there's any language you'd like to change, please do so." A student would then have to choose to submit feedback a second time before the message is sent.
(2.) Because the peer review portion of the process is anonymous, students will not know who they are rating and cannot target comments at any one classmate.
(3.) Teachers can see all the comments written by students by looking at data from a Writing Cycle assignment. To check comments students wrote for each other:
- Log into your account and go to the "Assignments" section of your account.
- Find the Writing Cycle assignment you want to check, and click on the icon that looks like a small bar chart. (It will say "Performance" as you hover your mouse over it.)
- Click "Grade Student Revisions."
- On the right, select the "Change Student" drop-down menu to select a student whose comments you wish to review.
- Scroll to the "Comments Given" section, and select "View Comments Given."
6. You can read every comment written by the student, and select "Delete" for any you wish to remove.
NOTE: An alternative option is to delete comments from the "Comments Received" section. This strategy would allow you to browse comments given to a specific student rather than browsing comments by the student who wrote them.
(4.) As students review their classmates feedback, they will have the ability to "flag" any comment they find inappropriate. Flagged comments are set aside for teachers to see when looking at data from the "Rate" step of the Writing Cycle. Teachers can then follow up with students who wrote comments that were flagged by their peers.