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Writing in Stages - a Short Story and Poem
A freshman academy in a New Jersey district was working on the comparison of two different genres—in this case, a short story and poem. We learned the advantages of writing in stages, calling on five or six students at random after the introduction, (and following through with each paragraph) in order for the teacher as well as the rest of the class to assess the progress, pointing out both strengths and weaknesses. Those students not called on at that point can compare their introductory paragraphs to those being read to determine if they need to revise a section or if they have met the criteria. When each paragraph is evaluated orally in this manner, students feel more at ease and ultimately are more successful with the writing process in general. Naturally we discussed various ways to include relevant textual material as support for their points. Peer responses at these intervals are vital in helping classmates reexamine their work and make changes they deem necessary. Providing models of final products using two different works (as opposed to those being discussed) as well as writing with the students help create a writing workshop atmosphere, where discussions are natural (rather than intimidating), each session becoming more complex, indicative of the higher-level thinking necessary to complete more rigorous assignments.
Upcoming Workshops and Events
July 10-12, 2017 - CAMT (Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching) Event
A project that I'm really excited about is the CAMT (Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching) that I am doing with Beatrice Moore, a top-notch BER math presenter, the owner of her own company, and author not only of BER books but of a fictional trilogy (Shoe Fetish) that should be on everyone's summer read list. Both Bea and I believe in the integration of disciplines through writing. For instance, one math objective on the agenda is to "identify the transferable skills from ELAR that would allow a student to successfully complete a mathematics task." Bea explained that she wants me to do the ELA aspect of several of the areas she will be presenting—comparing and contrasting the structure and viewpoints of two different authors writing for the same purpose as well as the skill set necessary in recognizing faulty logic. This will all take place in Fort Worth.