Tag Archives: High School

Peer Review As You Like It

Flexible peer review gives students more choice; it treats them like real writers who are in tune with their own writing process. When I told a group of my Mass Media & Society students last semester that it was “peer … Continue reading

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Dear Professors: Stop Lecturing. Now.

When I first started teaching, I incorporated mini-lectures about authors and about the various historical or social contexts in which our texts were written in order to guide my class to new insights about a text. It seemed logical to … Continue reading

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Mini-Lesson: You’re the ad manager

In this short lesson, students worked in small groups to brainstorm & present strategies for appealing to a target audience. I liked that this lesson asked students to apply their understanding of rhetorical appeals that we’ve studied (appeals to ethos, … Continue reading

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Reflection: Grading as an Ethical Dilemma

Do teachers use grades as punishment? Many educators would probably respond to this with a definitive “no.” Grades are simply reflections of what students have learned; they are “earned” not “given,” and thus cannot be considered disciplinary. However, it is … Continue reading

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Strategy Share: Graffiti

This is a cooperative learning activity that emphasizes deeper understanding of a topic and reflection. I picked this up from a wonderful professor at Ithaca College where I received my M.A.T. Materials needed: Chart paper, large classroom space, multicolored markers … Continue reading

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Teaching Students to Ask Good Questions

When students learn to ask good questions, they are more empowered to lead discussions; this skill also has the potential to help students become more personally invested in course topics. After all, when students take responsibility for guiding conversations, they … Continue reading

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Teaching Students to Revise

Experienced writers know that revision is an essential component of the writing process: It provides us with a way to tinker with ideas, to smooth out sentences, and to hone our voices. I’m never satisfied with my first draft because … Continue reading

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