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Episode 21: Make It Stick Author Peter Brown

…myself to my writing projects. So it fit our schedules better. So I would—Then we went around and hunted for an editor and we ended up happily with Harvard University Press. And the editor came out to visit with us in St. Louis to talk through our proposal and we—with her brilliant advice—we got it whittled down to eight chapters. She helped us very much think through how it should be organized. Then we were off and running and writing. Then the writing process was, I knew—we knew what each chapter was about, generally. I would then go on about…

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Episode 57: Nine Simple Solutions for Common Teaching Problems

…continue being tech gurus throughout their school lives. GONZALEZ: Right, right. It might help them find their calling. And they help other kids, and they help the teachers. Yeah. It really helps, especially solving a lot of low-level problems. 2. Inspiration Boards GONZALEZ: OK. Second book is “Make Writing,” which is the only book in the series that does not have the hacking title. So tell me a little bit, this one’s a little bit of an outlier in this series. Tell me about “Make Writing” as a book. BARNES: Yeah. This is by Angela Stockman, and Angela’s a good…

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Power Lesson: “This I Believe” Essays

…and were shocked by their classmates’ writing. A few said they wished they had written this essay sooner. Sample Student Work I was floored by some of the essays I received. Some made me laugh, some made me gasp, some made me cry. Compared to the typical papers I usually assign, this essay allowed my students to not just think about what they were writing but to care about their writing and to be intentional in the language they were using, both in word choice and rhetorical strategies, because it was about what they believe. It is some of the…

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Nothing Says Over 40 Like Two Spaces after a Period!

…We should not support or encourage this anymore than we have to especially when it comes to teaching writing/grammar. If you’re texting, fine. But if you’re writing a letter or some print for publication, or an email at work, or really most things…follow the grammatical rules. Second, clarity. While single spaces separate words, I think double spaces should separate sentences, it reinforces that the thought (sentence) is complete. It helps it stand out and I think it reinforces clearer writing, clearer reading and clearer sentence construction. Also, carriage returns (breaks, new lines, line feeds, ) or whatever should separate paragraphs,…

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A Few Creative Ways to Use Student Blogs

…students a real-world writing situation where they understand the “why” of writing and are not simply writing for the teacher or peers. As I listened to your ideas, I couldn’t help but apply them to the English classroom specifically. I think blogs, in addition and in connection to what you have already said, can be used to gather background information about a novel, function as a writer’s notebook, or post book reviews about choice/class novels. In addition, the “how-to” blog could work as a formative assessment for students to explain grammatical principles or literary devices in their own words before…

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Episode 50: Using Playlists to Differentiate Instruction

…ESL kids, and I’ve got some various levels of different special education students with me. So I knew that I needed to do things differently for them. And also, just … writing is a very, in my opinion, writing is a very personal process for anybody, so it’s always been hard for me, as a teacher, to say, “OK, students. Your graphic organizer is going to look like this. We’re going to this activity today, then we’re going to do the next one.” So I really wanted to … I saw the writing workshop as a way to truly make…

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The Price of Snark: What I Learned About Teaching from a Viral Post

…works in all scenarios. J T JENR, if your partner is an expert in the writing field and you are not, then why is there even a disagreement over this? Listen to the knowledge person! It should be noted that doctors and random professionals are not experts in writing, either. What they do or do not do is irrelevant. Do NOT go to them for writing advice. In fact, run the other way: doctors have a reputation for being absolutely horrible at this topic. Also, doctors are more capable than you give them credit for. If they couldn’t spare the…

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To Learn, Students Need to DO Something

…in the reading and writing, so ideally, students are “doing” all the time. I would advise using the workshop model most of the time, where students are actively working on writing pieces of their own. So instead of teaching grammar out of context, for example, those concepts are delivered in mini-lessons (or in a blended learning format, so that each student gets the instruction he or she needs at just the right time), and then students apply that learning right away in their own writing. OK, let’s talk about the example you gave about determining the central idea and validity…

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Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism

…are still required to take all state standardized tests. Andrea Castellano Hi Tracey, That’s a great question! Jenn’s mini-unit on plagiarism is geared towards the upper grades, but certainly adjustments can be made for teaching this skill to younger students. As a teacher myself, I am accustomed to modifying resources to fit my students’ needs, simplifying protocols and choosing examples and texts that are more appropriate to their level. As for other writing resources, I suggest you check out Cult of Pedagogy’s writing tag: Writing as well as the Pinterest page on writing here: ELA Writing Resources Hope this helps!…

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