What is self-monitoring? Self-monitoring is defined as “a means of increasing the amount of dialogue over the text for those whose institutional circumstances do not permit individual editorial discussions on student drafts” (Charles, 1990, p. 288).
What is self-monitoring? In writing their annotations, students direct the feedback process to their needs, establishing a collaborative relationship in which they work with teacher support either to improve written language at the point of use or to develop heuristics to solve composing problems independently (Cresswell, 2000, p. 235)
What is self-monitoring? “In permitting students to signal [a] language problem together with their intention, self-monitoring can remove the worry of the block, and free students to continue composing, while enabling the teacher to offer help with language to define the idea appropriately for the intended reader” (Cresswell, 2000, p. 236).
What is self-monitoring? “The student self-monitoring technique increases autonomy in the learning of writing by giving learners control over the initiation of feedback. In practical terms, this means that students write marginal annotations about problems in their evolving compositions, to which the teacher responds (also in writing).” (Cresswell, 2000, p. 235)