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Dennis OConnor

10 Free Online Courses for Writing Teachers - The Writing Teacher - Tips, Techniques, and Advice on Teaching Writing - 8 views

  • Taking writing courses can help writing teachers become better writers, mentors, and readers. There are several free university level writing courses that can be taken online. Credit is not available for any of the courses and degrees are not awarded, but the opportunity to build new skills is undeniable. Here are 10 self-paced writing courses to explore in your spare time.
  • Taking writing courses can help writing teachers become better writers, mentors, and readers. There are several free university level writing courses that can be taken online. Credit is not available for any of the courses and degrees are not awarded, but the opportunity to build new skills is undeniable. Here are 10 self-paced writing courses to explore in your spare time.
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    "Taking writing courses can help writing teachers become better writers, mentors, and readers. There are several free university level writing courses that can be taken online. Credit is not available for any of the courses and degrees are not awarded, but the opportunity to build new skills is undeniable. Here are 10 self-paced writing courses to explore in your spare time."
Patrick Higgins

Materials for Faculty: Methods: Diagnosing and Responding to Student Writing - 11 views

  • For these reasons, instructors are continuously looking for ways to respond efficiently to student work. Seasoned instructors have developed systems that work well for them. We offer a few here: Don't comment on everything. Tell students that in your responses to a particular paper you intend to focus on their thesis sentences and introductions, or their overall structure, or their use of sources, etc. This method works particularly well in courses that require students to do several papers. Instructors can, as the term progresses, focus on different aspects of student writing. Space or stagger deadlines so that you are not overwhelmed by drafts. If the thought of grading eighteen essays in two or three days is daunting, divide the class in half or into thirds and require different due dates for different groups. Use peer groups. Ask students to meet outside of class (or virtually, on the Blackboard discussion board) to talk with one another about their papers. Peer groups work best when you've modeled the critiquing process in class, and when you provide students with models or guidelines for critiquing. See our page on Collaborative Learning for a fuller discussion. Ask for a writing Assistant. The writing Assistant reviews drafts of papers and makes extensive comments. Students benefit by having an additional reader; instructors benefit because they get better papers. If you'd like more information about using a writing Assistant in your course, contact Stephanie Boone, Director of Student writing Support.
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    Don't comment on everything. Tell students that in your responses to a particular paper you intend to focus on their thesis sentences and introductions, or their overall structure, or their use of sources, etc. This method works particularly well in courses that require students to do several papers. Instructors can, as the term progresses, focus on different aspects of student writing. Space or stagger deadlines so that you are not overwhelmed by drafts. If the thought of grading eighteen essays in two or three days is daunting, divide the class in half or into thirds and require different due dates for different groups. Use peer groups. Ask students to meet outside of class (or virtually, on the Blackboard discussion board) to talk with one another about their papers. Peer groups work best when you've modeled the critiquing process in class, and when you provide students with models or guidelines for critiquing. See our page on Collaborative Learning for a fuller discussion. Ask for a writing Assistant. The writing Assistant reviews drafts of papers and makes extensive comments. Students benefit by having an additional reader; instructors benefit because they get better papers. If you'd like more information about using a writing Assistant in your course, contact Stephanie Boone, Director of Student writing Support.
Dennis OConnor

10 Digital Writing Opportunities You Probably Know and 10 You Probably Don't | edte.ch - 13 views

  • It was a meeting all about ideas (my favourite) and we discussed the best ways that technology could support the process of writing and drive the eventual outcomes. In this post I have included a list of 10 literacy/writing tools or outcomes that, in my opinion, teachers should currently be aware of. Many of them are basic yet still powerful tools in the classroom that support children’s writing. They are in no particular order.
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    "It was a meeting all about ideas (my favourite) and we discussed the best ways that technology could support the process of writing and drive the eventual outcomes. In this post I have included a list of 10 literacy/writing tools or outcomes that, in my opinion, teachers should currently be aware of. Many of them are basic yet still powerful tools in the classroom that support children's writing. They are in no particular order."
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    "...10 alternative tools that either offer a different perspective on digital writing or are a little known tool, that may have huge potential in the classroom. Not everything is free nor is it online - but the list will hopefully provide food for thought when you are looking at your next non-fiction or narrative unit with your class."
Dennis OConnor

Seven Bad Writing Habits You Learned in School | Copyblogger - 13 views

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    "What is good writing? Ask an English teacher, and they'll tell you good writing is grammatically correct. They'll tell you it makes a point and supports it with evidence. Maybe, if they're really honest, they'll admit it has a scholarly tone - prose that sounds like Jane Austen earns an A, while a paper that could've been written by Willie Nelson scores a B (or worse). Not all English teachers abide by this system, but the vast majority do. Just look at the writing of most graduates, and you'll see what I mean. It's proper, polite, and just polished enough not to embarrass anyone. Mission accomplished, as far as our schools are concerned. But let me ask you something: Is that really good writing?"
James Miscavish

Writing exercises are a great way to both increase your skill as a writer and to generate new ideas for future work - 0 views

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    # Record five minutes of a talk radio show. Write down the dialogue and add narrative descriptions of the speakers and actions as if you were writing a scene. # Write a 500-word biography of your life. # Write your obituary. List all of your life's acco
Dennis OConnor

100 Little Ways You Can Dramatically Improve Your Writing | Online Colleges - 9 views

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    "January 17th, 2010\n\nSolid writing skills open up career-boosting opportunities for professional writers and for those with aspirations beyond their basic job description. Journalists, fiction writers, scientists, teachers, business professionals, law students and other professionals can all get ahead by inspiring and influencing others with their writing. Whether you're an undergraduate wanting tips to organize your papers; a novelist who needs help with character development; or a technical writer in search of tips to write more engaging copy, here are 100 little ways all of you can dramatically improve your writing."
anonymous

100 Twitter Feeds to Sharpen Your Writing Skills | Online Colleges - 2 views

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    Awesome collection of Twitter users who tweet about teaching writing and issues related to writing.
Dennis OConnor

The Write Technology - 13 views

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    ONe of the reasons I enjoy social bookmarking is the chance to look over the shoulder of folks with active & interesting minds. This way I can discover a bit of what they are discovering and sharing. Here's a nugget mined with the tag 'writing' from Miquel Guhlin's Blog Around the corner.\n\nMiguel Guhlin: I'm trying to justify the expense of technology to impact writing. I'm looking less for anecdotes than I am "hard research," whatever that is. However, stories are powerful, so I'm asking that if you have either to share, to add them below in the appropriate section. Using the information here, I intend to justify technology advocacy in my district and other places.
Dana Huff

10 Ways to Promote Writing For an Authentic Audience - The Learning Network Blog - NYTimes.com - 11 views

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    Participating in an online discussion on events and issues in the news not only gives students a forum, but it also helps them build critical thinking, writing and news literacy skills and provides an opportunity to write for an authentic audience.
Julia Robert

Academic Writing Course - 13 views

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    Academic Writing Course,In the future you must give your students more specific study preparatory skills, not least the ability to acquire material in English in various disciplines: This book deals with all aspects of academic Writing, through advice and exercises based on a wide range of material.
Dennis OConnor

oneword.com - 21 views

  • simple. you’ll see one word at the top of the following screen. you have sixty seconds to write about it. click ‘go’ and the page will load with the cursor in place. don’t think. just write.
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    Looks like a fun way to spark journal writing.  Fit's Natalie Goldberg's great advice about first draft writing: Just keep your hand moving!
ten grrl

Teaching Writing - Resource Topics - National Writing Project - 1 views

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    Sorted collection of links to resources on teaching writing from the National writing Project.
Stephen Davis

23 Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger - 16 views

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    We all can be better at writing!
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    We all can be better at writing!
Katie Anderson

Education Week: NAEP Writing Exams Going Digital in 2011 - 6 views

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    NAEP writing tests are moving toward digitalization. An Ed Week report. Question: what does this mean for how teachers will teach writing
Karen LaBonte

Secrets of Teaching Writing Revealed - 23 views

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    resources & strategies for teaching expository writing in middle school and beyond
Keith Schoch

Fightin' Words: Using Picture Books to Teach Argumentative Writing - 15 views

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    How to use picture books as mentor texts with middle schoolers to move students beyond simply persuasive writing to the argumentative writing that is required by the CCSS.
Mrs. Dawson

Digital Writing Workshop - Troy Hicks - 15 views

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    Companion site for THE DIGITAL WRITING WORKSHOP and CRAFTING DIGITAL WRITING
Mary Worrell

Clive Thompson on the New Literacy - 0 views

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    Discusses the Stanford Study of Writing and the affect technology might be having on Writing.
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