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How does Writing Help Students Learn Math? - Professional ...

Writing is an important way to help students reflect on their learning and forces students to really reflect on their math understanding. It is also a great way for teachers to assess student thinking and understanding.
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I think that this is a very interesting idea for an activity. As a student, I hate required "reflecting" and "journaling" for class/homework because it always feel so unnatural and like I am just putting BS onto paper just to fulfill the assignment. ALthough, as a verbal/reflective learner and math student I think this is brilliant. My current math professor really struggles with articulating his thoughts, which is not great for me when I am trying to understand conceptual mathematics. I think that this activity would benefit both the student's conceptual understanding of math (because they would be able to properly articulate their thoughts) and benefit their writing skills.

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Grammar rules vs. conventions

Why is it that students never seem to learn the basic rules of grammar and punctuation, even though they take classes like English 104 and spend years in middle and high school learning about them?...

Via Kim Vose
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When the author was giving the 4 reasons why she believes that basic skills are being retaught when a student enters college, I just kept nodding my head. I can think of specific examples where each of these reasons/situations have occurred in my academic career so far. In my senior year of high school my English teacher asked us to keep track of our different writing assignments in all of our other classes. Out of my 5 other classes I had 2 writing assignments over the entire year, which is so odd to me because even in english we write about different subjects like science and history, but in those courses we were never asked to or taught how to write about them. But that brings up her fourth point, what do we consider a writing assignment? I personally see anything more than a paragraph as a writing assignment. But if you wanna get technical, almost every assignment is a writing assignment, no matter the length. 

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Elizabeth Pina's curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:25 PM

I rescooped this article from Professor Vose scoop it page. This article  talks about the fact that yes grammar is important, but sometimes it's not looked as that important because of social media and other things. Also, it talks about that because some teachers make different parts of writing of more importance than others, different people focus on different parts of their writing. Writing should be applied in a way that it goes more with real life situations.

Paige durand's curator insight, February 13, 2014 11:57 AM

This article shows that over time people are getting lazier with their writings and punctuation is beginning to decline.  With the lack of practice of writing throughout the years people are becoming more incompetent when using grammar and punctuation since they don't have the practice. Even though since we were younger we have been taught how to write  quantity to impress the teacher rather and quality.

Lexi Chase's curator insight, February 13, 2014 8:38 PM

I think this article and made a lot of sense. Today as students the only time we are asked to actually write proper material is for school. We have adapted to texting and e-mails, which very seldom use proper grammar and we always have spell check to help us out. I think proper writing was much more prominent in generations past. It does not mean that it is no longer a useful skill. Many careers, most careers use proper formats of writing on a daily basis. It shows the basics that you are well educated in the way you present yourself in writing. "lol" and "hv" and "u" are not going to impress others. I like the idea of having students write journal articles for an audience rather than a paper to be turned into a teacher. I know that would be something I would be much more proud and enthusiastic about than an essay I turned in. 

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Writing Challenges: overcoming resistance |

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"The Nemesis Engines" author Olivier Blanchard discusses how to get past writing obstacles and inner resistance.
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I really liked this blog post because I think it approaches the idea of discipline in a non-condescending way. For me, academic discipline has always been difficult and it is always comforting to find "professionals" who have the same struggle as I do. Granted, I am not writing best selling novels, but the general idea is the same. I thought this author used his resources well, he put pictures in that enhanced the post, and he mentioned resources from other authors, backing up his points. 

 

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Purdue OWL

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue.
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This is one of my favorite, and most used resources when it comes to academic writing. I discovered it my senior year of high school, and have since depended on it for all of my citation needs. It is great because it has all of the Works Cited and Bibliography rules for every kind of source you could ever need all in one place. Also, it's a reliable resource (Purdue University), and is updated if MLA and APA are updated. 

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Why Aren't You Writing?

Why Aren't You Writing? | reading and writing skillz | Scoop.it
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Time. There never seems to be enough of it, especially if you’re trying to schedule writing time into your already busy day. It’s all too easy to let other tasks and responsibilities push writing aside, assum...
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In business writing missing commas stop readers understanding which is bad

In business writing missing commas stop readers understanding which is bad | reading and writing skillz | Scoop.it
Erin Brenner looks at comments from John McWhorter and Anne Curzan about the dispensability of commas. She says that the apparent trend away from comma use is mainly in causal writing, where you mi...
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I love this article so much. First off, my number one grammatical flaw is commas because I feel like I either use them too liberally or too conservatively. I write how I talk, and as this article states conversations have pauses and dips and commas add that to writing. It is difficult to find the balance in academic and in professional writing between conversational and professional and this was encouraging that writing should be grammatically correct, and that means you should use commas, and use them naturally and correctly. It is better to be grammatically correct than to sound professional. 

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Celebrating small successes in writing - Now Novel

Celebrating small successes in writing - Now Novel | reading and writing skillz | Scoop.it
Finishing a novel is all about delayed gratification. But even while you are playing the long game, you can reward yourself along the way for smaller achievements. What sorts of rewards are good ones for writing?
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I personally have never written a novel, but I have written academic papers and some days finishing those 3 page papers feels like quite a feat in itself. I definitely agree with what this blogpost is saying. I think with everything we do, whether it be reading, writing, cleaning, exercising, etc we have to have some sort of motivation behind it. We have to have something pushing us forward even though the olympics are on or your bed looks so darn cozy. Sometimes knowing you're just doing what you have to do is motivation enough, sometimes it isn't. Sometimes you need that light at the end of the tunnel like that piece of chocolate or that 10 minute Facebook break. There is, however, a fine line between reward and just lack of will. It is important to learn how to monitor yourself and know how to motivate yourself when writing. For example, rewarding yourself with a 10 minute break every 2 sentences is overdoing it, but maybe a 15 minute break per page is a little more reasonable. The goal of the reward is to make you a more efficient worker, not slow you down. 

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