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Pardon Our Interruption

Pardon Our Interruption | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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This is a little late for me, but is helpful for the next step in my teaching at the university level.
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Discover Your Infinite Potential And Soar With The Wind

If you’ve ever been on a sailboat, you’ll understand the importance of wind. Without wind the boat will not move, it will drift about with the current. The wind is essential for a great experience…
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Treat progress like a verb, rather than a noun. Use the gerund of a verb to signal process, not just static accomplishments.

Learn to set the sail and adjust it as needed. Write down what happens, what you think, and use it to learn from. Do whatever it takes, but not at the expense of others and the world.

What calls you and helps you fulfill your potential? For me, it is teaching and writing.
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At North County High, poetry and math mix

At North County High, poetry and math mix | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Last week Algebra 1 students at North County High School took part in a unique vocabulary exercise.
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Teaching Writing as Journey, Not Destination

Teaching Writing as Journey, Not Destination | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
You'd think after thirty-four years of teaching writing at both the high school and college levels, I would have a pretty firm handle on everything. You'd think that, maybe, but not me. On the last class session of my first-year writing seminars this semester, I asked my students what has worked and not worked over…
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Teaching is not about "best practices." There are certain things that work and don't work, but there is fluidity in what that means based on each student, each time, each school, etc.

This post points out the essential nature of having ongoing conversation with each student about their learning.
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Unconventional Methods to Engage Your Creative Writing students

Unconventional Methods to Engage Your Creative Writing students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I consider myself quite lucky to be teaching creative writing workshops independently, which allows greater freedom of lesson choices, and the ability to establish a relaxed non-school environment…
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Sit in a circle and relax. Emphasize fun, listen, teach by example, ask questions to prompt, and read genres of interest to students.
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Ph.D.s Are Still Writing Poorly, Part 1

Ph.D.s Are Still Writing Poorly, Part 1 | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
To get published now, your book must be well written. So why are new faculty members still producing deadly dull monographs?
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We value the wrong things in writing. I read voraciously and value a well-written book. Today, we reward those who can write sloppily, with poor grammar and structure. It is those who come up with trite and vacuous phrases that say little who are turned to, because their writing can be turned into the next catch phrase.
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The tao of the Three Little Pigs - The Writer

The tao of the Three Little Pigs - The Writer | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Take heart from the Three Little Pigs: Don’t let an inner critic huff, puff, and blow your work down.

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I could have used this in my teaching. I used Fractured Fairytales to explore writing and its elements. What surprised me was how little experience some students had with fairytales and satire.
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Penelope's curator insight, October 17, 2017 11:35 AM
You'll love the metaphor of the "Three Little Pigs" children's story to your inner critic. Yes, he/she will huff and puff, but don't let it blow your house down! You keep on writing no matter the obstacles. 

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7 mighty benefits of writing by hand

7 mighty benefits of writing by hand | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
While pen and paper may seem poised on the edge of obscurity, writing by hand offers a bevy of brain-boosting perks that should not be lost to technology.

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I argue for continued cursive writing in school. The seven benefits underscore this.
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Writing as Discovery: When Process Defaults to Script

Writing as Discovery: When Process Defaults to Script | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
For most people, I imagine, vacations spur thoughts of welcomed relief from day-to-day routines and obligations. But as a writer—one who writes almost daily—I find vacation’s necessary break from routine is almost unbearable. My ideal existence would include waking early, 5:30 or 6, and then shuffling through my morning ritual online—some things practical and some, quasi-recreational/quasi-professional—while…
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I am spending time sorting our a daily routine for writing. For the first time in over 25 years, I will not be in a classroom this fall as a student or teacher. I would love to teach at the university level, but writing helps fill a void.
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On Common Terminology and Teaching Writing: Once Again, the Grammar Debate

On Common Terminology and Teaching Writing: Once Again, the Grammar Debate | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In 1971, after years of scrounging and clawing, my parents were able to build their dream home on the largest lot at the new golf course in my home town. This was a redneck working-class vision of…
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Writing is learned by writing is the closing thought. There is merit to this, but writing is learned by reading. I asked students to read their writing out-loud, often to themselves. Often, they realized the issues with grammar as they read.
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Learning by Writing Fiction

Learning by Writing Fiction | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Imagining another person’s internal life; inhabiting the mental world of someone whose views oppose yours; articulating a conflict from multiple viewpoints; considering the agendas of people creating narratives. To what job or field of learning would these skills not be relevant? Writing stories develops these abilities, whether one is writing a science fiction tale or a love story, whether one is studying in an academic program or learning how to write on one’s own. The idea that fiction-writing is personal and self-indulgent comes from the fallacy that writing means withdrawing from life. On the contrary, writing fiction means embracing the world: rethinking one’s experiences, imagining other people’s experiences, and reaching toward what is not yet imaginable. I would urge anyone who has ever wanted to write to get started and ignore any talk of guilt. Some would argue that this will flood the world with bad fiction, but they may also fear the astounding writing that will emerge. Widespread writing could create teachers, doctors, business-owners, and designers who are better observers and better listeners. The failed writer isn’t the one who can’t get published; it’s the one who has always wanted to write but never tried.


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"Widespread writing could create teachers, doctors, business-owners, and designers who are better observers and better listeners"
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The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds…

The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds… | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Ever wondered why history’s great minds including Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, Leonardo Da Vinci, Marcus Aurelius, Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Ernest…
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In my dissertation research, the teachers described how they reflected, but only two of us journaled.
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Start writing by “freewriting” and let yourself dance a little.

Start writing by “freewriting” and let yourself dance a little. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Freewriting is the act of getting yourself physically moving,
doing writing movements,
loosening your writing apparatus
to engage in the motions that are necessary
to do writing work. Freewriting…
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I try spending time each day free writing as part of the method of currere. The questions that emegre do let me dance in truly unexpected ways.
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How to Write in Your Journal

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In my dissertation and research, I found the teachers I interviewed did reflect, but they did not use journals. The method of currere is a way to enage in reflective writing that can inform who we are becoming.
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The Best Poetry of 2017?

The Best Poetry of 2017? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Our columnist David Orr picks 10 favorites.
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I did not recognize all the names, but this provides me with an opportunity to explore new poetry.
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Why a professor doesn't assign term papers (opinion)

Why a professor doesn't assign term papers (opinion) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Students need to read more, talk about ideas and then write shorter papers more often, writes Deborah J. Cohan.
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Developing a voice through writing can be achieved through more and shorter writing activitities along with how to cite effectively.
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Picture Book Biographies for Middle Grades? Absolutely!

Picture Book Biographies for Middle Grades? Absolutely! | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
To introduce tweens and teens to a new science concept, a historical era, or a math idea, use a picture book biography, says media specialist Christina Dorr.
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I used them as a cross grade activity where older students in middle school mentored younger students in reading, writing, and using software for picture books.
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Assigning More Writing—With Less Grading

Assigning More Writing—With Less Grading | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Check out four best practices for teaching writing that can help you improve student learning without creating a mountain of grading work."


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Treat writing like an ongoing process, rather than having a fixed begining and end. I had students who continued writing one year to the next.
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How An “Experience” Journal Fuels My Daily Writing Habit

How An “Experience” Journal Fuels My Daily Writing Habit | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Begin your journaling each night before you go to bed. In your journal, write down ten to twelve experiences from your day. The experience could be anything. It could be something you experience yourself or something you observe.

"You might overhear an interesting conversation at a coffee shop. You might spill a full cup of coffee on your pants in the middle of a meeting. Maybe you witness a bout of road rage on your commute to work. Whatever it is, write it down. Avoid any kind of filtering.

 

"Once you complete your experiences, write down one to three thoughts you obsessed over during the day. What anxieties, worries or dreams occupied your mind? Maybe you’re angry at your spouse for taking the last piece of cake. Were you obsessing over a difficult conversation? Again, no filtering. Whatever the thought is, write it down. Do not judge the quality."


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I journal frequently and focus on my lived-experiences in a similar way.
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Journaling is one of the best habits I have.  It often helps me see and understand what is going on in my head and in my heart.

 

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How To Become a Good Writer: 50 Quotes From The Greats

How To Become a Good Writer: 50 Quotes From The Greats | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“I think every fiction writer, to a certain extent, is a schizophrenic and able to have two or three or five voices in his or her body. We seek, through our profession, to get those voices onto paper.” ~ Ridley Pearson

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The list is broken into categories i.e. inspiration, characters, craft, etc.
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Quotes can be instant inspiration. There are some very unique ones in this article. I like #12. What's your favorite?

“I think every fiction writer, to a certain extent, is a schizophrenic and able to have two or three or five voices in his or her body. We seek, through our profession, to get those voices onto paper.” ~ Ridley Pearson

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Why Kids Can’t Write

Why Kids Can’t Write | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Some say English instruction must get back to basics, with a focus on grammar. But won’t that stifle a student’s personal voice?

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Good writing is essential.
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Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press

Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Writer's block is something that has always plagued the writing profession. It can drive you mad, and sometimes gets worse and worse.

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I find a walk is useful. Paying attention to my surroundings on the walk is beneficial. As well, I journal. I just write from a stream-of-consciousness.
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Penelope's curator insight, July 19, 2017 12:14 PM
Every writer's nightmare―dreaded writer's block. If you haven't experienced it yet, you will. Life ebbs and flows, and that includes our writing.

The best way to deal and get writing again? Perhaps your body, mind, and soul need a break. Maybe take a short trip. I'm going to take day trips once a week that require only one tank of gas. First destination on the list? Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's old homestead in Cross Creek. Perhaps my inspiration will be hiding amongst old oaks where she wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel, "The Yearling."
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Active Verbs List - Writers Helping Writers

Active Verbs List - Writers Helping Writers | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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I used to build these with students. This is a great option.
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Intersections and Disjunctures: Scholars, Teachers, and Writers

Intersections and Disjunctures: Scholars, Teachers, and Writers | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Discussing scholars as writers, Michael C. Munger explains, "We train people in methods, and theory, but we don’t tell them that writing is something you have to practice." And that practice, Munger argues, must be "like you exercise: at least a little bit, most days....Furthermore, writing makes you a more focused and attentive reader of…
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Like many other subjects/topics we teach, writing needs time, patience, and new ways of thinking about how we teach it.
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What If Almost Everything We Thought About The Teaching Of Writing Was Wrong?

What If Almost Everything We Thought About The Teaching Of Writing Was Wrong? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Why Do We Write? Language merely reflects our way of trying to make sense of the world. - Frank Smith Frank Smith (1982) says 'writing touches every part of our lives'. One of the first reasons we write is because it is a tool for communication in culture. It gives us the ability to share…
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There is a Paulo Freire quality to the suggestions.
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