Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason
Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason has a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on rhetoric and composition. She has more than a decade of teaching experience including six years as a college English professor. She has designed workshops and classes for elementary, middle, and high school students and is a homeschooling mom of two.
Her passions include pop culture, moral philosophy, essay writing, and reading skills. She designs classes that take a multi-disciplinary, integrated reading-writing approach to make sure learners have context and purpose for everything they create.
During her time as an English professor, Michelle specialized in teaching “developmental” writing, which means she was working with the students who had been deemed unprepared for college-level writing. In that work, she formed a teaching philosophy deeply centered on trust.
She believes that students learn best when they know that their instructor genuinely trusts them to do well. She works hard to avoid assignments and classroom dynamics that create antagonistic power structures. Instead, she wants learners to see her as a supportive guide who genuinely aims to help them reach their own goals.
Michelle is the founder of Dayla Learning, a place for “homeschooling the humanities with humanity,” and the co-founder of SEA Online Classes, a platform for hands-on, engaging online classes.
March 12, 2022
12:30pm EST/9:30am PST
How NOT to Give Feedback on Writing (and What to Do Instead)
Writing can be one of the most stressful subjects for plenty of learners — and homeschooling parents/guardians. We know that it’s important to give feedback that will help them become stronger writers, but what do we do when that draft is in front of us?
For too many of us, our own experiences with learning writing were all about identifying sentence-level errors. We know how to grab the red pen and circle errant commas and misspelled words. The result? Our learners feel frustrated and unheard because we’re spending so much time focused on how they said things and not what they said.
There’s a better way. Giving feedback on writing is a foundational part of building a trust-based teacher-student relationship, and since homeschoolers are so often the teacher for multiple subjects (if not ALL of them), this piece has the opportunity to transform that relationship across the board.
Plus, Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason will be giving away 10 self-paced enrollments in her Feedback class for parents/guardians!