Authors and summary: This is chapter seven from Teaching ESL Composition by Ferris and Hedgecock. It focuses on teacher feedback and error correction in the writing classroom.
Thoughts: I agree with much of what is said in this chapter. Basically it comes down to purpose as most other aspects of teaching. If you cannot justify a specific reason for providing feedback on student errors, it is probably better to just leave it alone. At the same time, I think as a teacher I should provide the student with both what they want and what they need. If I don't feel they need feedback, but they are repeatedly asking for it, I will of course provide it to them. At the end of the day, I don't think it is very different from other aspects of life. Unasked for criticism is never really appreciated or assimilated into your thinking. However, when you are ready and willing it does have a role. I can remember clearly throughout most of my schooling never looking at the feedback seriously.