All WriteAtHome instruction is asynchronous, meaning there are no fixed class-meeting times. Students and their parents can access lessons, assignments, and student work from our website at their convenience. Assignments in all classes have due dates, but students can work on them off-line as their weekly schedules allow.
Users select a username and password with which they access course material, student work, and writing coach responses. A once-a-week visit to the website is all that is usually necessary.
On an assigned day of each week, known as the class “exchange day,” a new lesson and assignment will be made accessible in the student’s personal web page. All previously submitted work will also be available for download and will include detailed comments from the student’s writing coach.
Student work is also submitted by the student at his personal web page. Simply click the submit button, and follow the instructions to upload the paper from its location on your computer.
Our paper exchange system is easy to use and ensures an efficient transfer of papers to and from your writing coach. In addition, writing coaches are available throughout the week via monitored e-mail to answer questions and provide extra help.
How Do Writing Coaches Respond to Student Writing?
WriteAtHome writing coaches use the popular Adobe Acrobat software to provide feedback on student work. All you need is the free and easily downloaded Adobe Acrobat Reader to access all writing coach comments.
Using this software, writing coaches are able to insert colorful notes of unlimited number and length directly “into” a student’s paper. This method is superior to e-mail feedback because it allows instructors to clearly identify the specific word, phrase, or passage they refer to in comments.
With WriteAtHome, there is no more red ink scribbling; writing coach comments are clear, colorful, and always legible!
How Are Papers Evaluated?
Rather than traditional letter grades, WriteAtHome coaches provide all final drafts with a numeric assessment score based on a six-trait rubric. We do not formally evaluate early drafts of papers, allowing students to respond to writing coach comments before assigning a score. Since our courses are tutorial, and not like traditional school classes, there are no passing or failing grades. As the year progresses, our scores are recorded in a helpful and accessible Assessment Report that you can save to record student progress.