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How to teach writing, reading and thinking — Joanne Jacobs

How to teach writing, reading and thinking — Joanne Jacobs | Heather Simmons | Scoop.it

How to teach writing, reading and thinking
OCTOBER 11, 2012 BY JOANNE LEAVE A COMMENT
“Explicit teaching of writing makes kids better writers” and readers. Does writing improve thinking? Dan Willingham looks at the evidence in The Atlantic.
Not all writing instruction is helpful, Willingham writes. Students learn to write well if they’re taught “the nuts and bolts,” such as “text structure, how to use specific strategies for planning, revising, or editing text, and so on. . . . if a teacher does not show students how to construct a paragraph or a well-written argument, some will figure out it anyway, but many will not.”
Writing instruction improves reading comprehension, but again the details matter. When students write about what they’ve read — analyzing, interpreting, summarizing and answering questions — they build comprehension, Willingham writes. Explicit teaching of writing conventions helps students understand how authors use conventions.
It’s worth noting that these two advantages — better writing and better reading — will probably not accrue if most writing assignments consist of answering short questions, writing in journals, and completing worksheets — exactly the writing tasks on which elementary school kids spend most of their time (Gilbert & Graham, 2010). Students need assignments that include writing in longer formats with some formal structural requirements.
The research is not as clear on the question of whether teaching writing improves thinking, he writes.
There is a certain logic to the idea that students can become better critical thinkers by completing writing assignments. Writing forces you to organize your thoughts. Writing encourages you to try different ideas and combinations of ideas. Writing encourages you to select your words carefully. Writing holds the promise (and the threat) of a permanent record of your thoughts, and thus offers the motivation to order them carefully. And indeed some forms of writing–persuasive or expository essays for example — explicitly call for carefully ordering thinking.


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Scholarships.com: Free College Scholarship Search | College Recruiting | Financial Aid Information

Conduct a college scholarship & financial aid search at Scholarships.com. Free scholarship search and college search for students of all ages. I googled scholarships and came across this i think it works because they help you find a scholarship that works for you to fill out and maybe get


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High School Seniors: College Scholarships, Student Financial Aid

High School Seniors: College Scholarships, Student Financial Aid | Heather Simmons | Scoop.it

Scholarships for high school seniors bound for college. Grants, fellowships, internships and loans for high school students.

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Teachers, what would be in your primary curriculum? - The Guardian (blog)

Teachers, what would be in your primary curriculum? - The Guardian (blog) | Heather Simmons | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog)Teachers, what would be in your primary curriculum?
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Will Handwriting Instruction Disappear from Elementary Education or Will it ... - PR Web (press release)

Will Handwriting Instruction Disappear from Elementary Education or Will it ... - PR Web (press release) | Heather Simmons | Scoop.it
PR Web (press release)Will Handwriting Instruction Disappear from Elementary Education or Will it ...PR Web (press release)Elementary education is at an important crossroads: breathe new life into handwriting instruction, let it die a slow death or...
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20 Things New Teachers Need to Know - WeAreTeachers

20 Things New Teachers Need to Know - WeAreTeachers | Heather Simmons | Scoop.it
Are your knees knocking at the thought of walking into a classroom for the very first time this fall? Have no fear!

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I love that I didn't see anything on that list about being an expert in your content.  It is all about relationships and classroom management.

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Teaching Elementary School

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Elementary school teachers play a pivotal role in the intellectual, social and emotional development of children. They must be competent in a variety of basic subjects including language arts, science, mathematics, social ...
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