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  • How to Show Writing Improvement

    Dr. Gerald Tindal, University of Oregon Anyone who teaches writing, knows that student improvement is not only the goal, but also the most difficult accomplishment to achieve. In part, this difficulty arises because of the many genres and dimensions involved in evaluating writing. Furthermore, improvement is directly reflected in the measures we use (e.g., how […]

  • How to Optimize In-Class Peer Editing to Help Improve Student Writing

    How to Optimize In-Class Peer Editing to Help Improve Student Writing

    Andy Block, Edtentive Media LLC Peer editing is a powerful teaching tool that teachers can use in their virtual and in-person classrooms to help students improve their writing. Generally, peer editing of students’ writing is a multi-part activity. First, the students produce a piece of writing. Then, the teacher guides them through the process of […]

  • 7 Easy Tips for Saving Time Grading Papers and Writing for Gr 5-12 and Beyond

    Andy Block, Edtentive Media LLC Grading papers takes up so much unnecessary time that could be spent making a valuable impact on students or planning your next lesson. Wouldn’t you want to shorten the amount of time spent grading papers to spend more meaningful time with your students?  Time was scarce prior to the pandemic […]

  • The Specificity of Words: Research Methods

    The Specificity of Words: Research Methods

    America’s Test Kitchen (https://www.americastestkitchen.com) provides a scientific analysis of cooking various foods (meats, dishes, fish, breads, etc.) as well as cooking products in a series of seasons and episodes. In a recent review of baking stones and steels for making pizza that is just like the professionals, Lisa McManus describes how they tested several products. […]

  • The Structure of Writing: Shapes Control the Flow of Traffic

    The Structure of Writing: Shapes Control the Flow of Traffic

    “Signs convey information to travelers not only by their messages and color, but through their shape as well. Special shapes are specifically assigned to certain types of signs so that travelers can recognize them quickly and react appropriately. In general, the greater number of sides on a sign, the more critical a message it conveys” […]

  • Transition Words and Phrases: Avoiding Box Car Writing

    Transition Words and Phrases: Avoiding Box Car Writing

    If you stand next to the tracks when a train is traveling by it’s likely to make you dizzy (particularly if you stand too close). Pretty soon, the monotony of box cars or oil tanks, passing in front of you, one after the other, creates a lull on thinking. You could try to count them, […]