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Engaging with writing - does the kind of pen matter?

Discussion in 'English' started by fred1964, May 12, 2019.

  1. fred1964

    fred1964 New commenter

    Does your school or college have a rule on what colour pen the students must use, and what colour pen you must use for marking?

    If so, does it work for you and for those you teach or does it not matter?
     
  2. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    Good idea to get kids used to using black as thy have to for the exams.
    Don't get me started on pen colours for marking.
     
  3. fred1964

    fred1964 New commenter

    In higher functional skills English there's no requirement to use black, only at entry level, though I take your point in general. Please talk about coloured pens for marking though. We've just been told that students must use black and teachers must mark in blue. I'm struggling to see the educational value of this.
     
  4. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    For GCSE the use of black is compulsory.
    There is no educational value inherent in any marking colour, but it's a good idea that it's not the same colour that the student is using.
     
  5. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    we hve set colours, so you can see what each wrtten comment is for. one colour for main work, one colour for teachers marking, one colour for self improvement, one colour for marking and commenting on a peers work.

    It makes it very clear, when you open a book, to see what exactly it all means

    teacher marking in blue is silly though, it isn't going to stand out at all
     
  6. varcolac

    varcolac Occasional commenter

    Yeah this is pretty common. Kids write in black, I write in blue, they redraft/edit in blue and peer/self assess in green. Makes sense as I can flick through a book and see if they've been responding to feedback and correcting their mistakes.

    There was a phase some years ago where some well-meaning but deluded people on various schools' leadership teams thought that "red is too aggressive" so tried to convince teachers to mark in green, or purple, or some other such nonsensical colour. I ignored them. Kinds still did well.

    I'm still convinced those people had mates in the purple ink industry.
     
  7. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    The purple pen of progress.
     

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