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…Language? Etc. Sharing Cult of Pedagogy Resources Subscriber Questions Blogging Advice Teaching Questions I need advice or resources for my specific situation. Can you help? Because I receive a lot of email, I am not able to give advice to everyone who writes in. However, I have been writing, doing podcasts, and creating videos on education-related topics since 2013, so I probably have already created something that meets your needs. Here’s what you should do before writing in: Start by clicking on the magnifying glass at the top of your screen. From there you can do a search on your…

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Episode 151: Historically Responsive Literacy

…ask me, like, oh, you’re writing, we write a number of things. We write short stories, poetry, letters, essays, the first three chapters of their novels, we write narratives. We write all sorts of things. I used to get this question a lot. Like, do you work on their spelling and punctuation and grammar? I just kind of look at them, and I’m like, of course. What do you think? We’re going to do a whole writing institute with some sentences that nobody can understand?  GONZALEZ: Yeah.  MUHAMMAD: It’s like sometimes when we think that when we add identity or…

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The Great and Powerful Graphic Organizer

…draft is a common practice in English language arts classes. If you’ve never tried it, it’s worth adding this into your writing process, especially if you teach a content area where writing isn’t a regular part of student work. A warning: Do not treat the organizers as the writing piece; have students just jot notes down in these, rather than complete sentences. The bulk of student writing time should be spent actually drafting their piece. 4. Text Illustrations When students do expository or argumentative writing, consider having them add a graphic organizer to their finished product to illustrate a concept…

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How to Turn Rubric Scores into Grades

Gerard Dawson Jennifer…I love the way this process lives up to Kohn’s words of keeping the grade “invisible” for as long as possible. I’ve found that giving lots of feedback makes teaching writing less tedious and more rewarding for me, which I think is antithetical to some teachers’ opinions. Your system is complementary to mine, where students read each others’ work anonymously in order to set rubric criteria. I described it here if you’re interested: Beth Thanks for this informative piece! Our school improvement process will focus on formative assessment this year AND we have a new writing curriculum….

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Episode 84: How to Stop Killing the Love of Reading

…us, because we’re the ones purchasing these books, and so we need to go out and say, “We need better books.” GONZALEZ: Yeah. RIPP: “We need more diverse books and we need own author’s books, own voices books.” GONZALEZ: Right. RIPP: And so that’s the other question too: Am I purchasing books where own voices authors are writing them, and so own voices came out of the We Need Diverse Books movement, and it just was, you know, the marginally represented author writing about their marginally represented culture or set in that culture. And so I think about out our…

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Episode 80: When Students Won’t Stop Talking

…WriteAbout is a writing community and publishing platform for classrooms, a space for daily writing across all genres and purposes. Think of it like a writer’s notebook with thousands of writing ideas that is also connected to an authentic audience. Inside Write About’s safe digital community, students are always 1 click away from starting a writing piece, reading and responding to their peers’ writing, or discovering engaging content that will make them want to write even more. Your students deserve a platform that can make their writing visible, authentic and fun. When students are engaged with their writing, they write…

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Episode 157: What’s Possible with Green Screens in the Classroom

…the teacher keeps modeling the writing. I consider the green screen a form of authoring, a form of writing.  GONZALEZ: Yes.  BRUYÈRE: So we keep going back to it, and we make it better every day. Then I say, “Gosh. Well, would a little bit of music be good for this? What do you think? Do we need a little intro? What would it look like if we added some text to this? How could we do that?” And every day we make that video better and better.  GONZALEZ: Wow.  BRUYÈRE: And this is an effort to help the kids…

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EduTip 12: Model EVERYTHING.

…the amount of writing they put into the organizer, even how they were working, with both partners contributing their thoughts, coming to a consensus, then writing the stuff down.  But other pairs? Not so much. Some were writing HUGE letters in the organizer, so it took almost nothing to fill each cell. Some were writing long, complete sentences that overflowed each cell. Some seemed to be fighting over the organizer, snatching it back and forth to write different things. Others just kind of sat there, saying they didn’t get it.  Had I just modeled the process, things would have gone…

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4 Ways Microsoft is Making Learning More Accessible

…cohorts that didn’t use the tools. Ideas for Classroom Use: Upload any PDF into OneNote (or use OneNote Class Notebook to share handouts or notes with the whole class). Once the text is in OneNote, students can use the Immersive Reader to dial in the precise reading conditions that work best for them. Have students compose their own writing pieces in Microsoft Word or OneNote, then use the Read Aloud feature to listen to what they wrote. In the 2017 study, students who used this feature demonstrated noticeable improvements in their writing: With the ability to hear their writing read…

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