This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself. I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided
Deborah Owen's insight:
Terrific, authentic means of having students write regularly! ALL of our students should be blogging, for lots of reasons. This particular assignment not only gets them writing every week, and reading their peers' posts (collaboration), but it also validates their personal interests and boosts their intrinsic motivation to learn. Let's do this!
"I often hear college writing teachers bemoaning the five-paragraph essay for its tendency to restrict creativity and to encourage a tunnel vision approach to essay writing. Many of my colleagues make it a personal mission to "unteach" the habits students bring to the classroom during their first year of college."
"Secondary student sources vary considerably from the sources higher education students use in their writing... primarily because of a reliance on social networking and content sharing sites and shopping sites."
Secondary school teachers must insist that their students learn how to select and use reliable sources.
This study examines a 15-minute writing exercise that can help decrease, or eliminate, the gender gap in university physics. Perhaps if we use this short excercise here at HHS, we can help eliminate some of our learning gaps.
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