The color red can symbolize many things; anger, lust, warning, danger…but my personal favorite is YOU AREN’T MAKING ANY SENSE. Historically speaking (i.e. the internet), the red pen as a tool for correction can be demoralizing, according to an article on ABC Science. Students see the red marks and equate it with a sense of failure, and report that it is similar to being yelled at in all capitals. Several bloggers/teachers have stated the red pen brings back repressed memories of their own awful papers littered with angry, spiteful red marks. Perhaps it would be better to switch to green or blue?
I think not. If a student is making mistakes, they should not be told with gold ink and butterflies. It should be done in red. So they see it. Perhaps become a little embarrassed. But more importantly, try to make it better! Writing is hard, I passionately emphasize to students when I hand back gallery and essay reviews. It is not easy for me either, but we spend our whole lives doing it, so lets devote the time it deserves. Acknowledgement of improvement on a second draft with less red ink is a compliment well deserved, and everyone feels a little better knowing they worked to earn praise rather than receive it for free.
In our modern day culture of instantaneous digital communication, proofreading and editing have suffered, withering away like that plant on your windowsill, languishing half dead all winter. Stop it. You’re killing it, and me with your writing that makes-no-lick-of-sense-cause-