"Reading Rockets shares that "A concept map is a visual organizer that can enrich students' understanding of a new concept. Using a graphic organizer, students think about the concept in several ways. Most concept map organizers engage students in answering questions such as, "What is it? What is it like? What are some examples?" Concept maps deepen understanding and comprehension."Cast reports: "There is solid evidence for the effectiveness of graphic organizers in facilitating learning." A summary of this finding is that, "When looking across 23 different studies they found a consistent effect on comprehension."
Love this idea! Especially in the middle grades, short attention spans make it difficult to do longer pieces again and again. Poor readers are also helped by working with microstories. Even slow readers see the piece as "readable" and reading and writing it several times does improve their skills.
Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow highlight, shorten the sentence or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic — try editing this sentence to remove the red.
Are you late to the social networking party? No worries. It took me a long time to get into the whole social networking thing, but I’m glad I did. It’s definitely been a beneficial experience. Although Facebook continues to defend its position as the most popular social networking platform, you shouldn’t focus all of your…
Sarah McElrath's insight:
Utilize twitter to help inspire and keep you writing.
Storyboarding as we know it may have been pioneered by filmmakers and animators, but we can use many of the same concepts in the development of other forms of storytelling including keynote presentations or short-form presentations such as those made...
A BBC news story reports on research that concludes “Artists have structurally different brains compared with non-artists." With the flood of brain imaging studies, it is worth noting there are critiques of the validity and meaning of the technology.
Whether you’re writing a blog post, email, or job application, an extra pair of eyes can really help get your message across. Poetica makes it easy to ask friends and colleagues for instant feedback on your text. It’s for anything you’re struggling to write, anywhere on the web.
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?
Sarah McElrath's insight:
Interesting ideas. Could be used to help create characters.