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Log In. Search Results Header Enter your keywords. For teachers, by teachers. Print This Page. By: Jordan Catapano. Jordan Catapano. Teaching Strategies : Where Student Writing Structure Starts Typically, I have found that students have engrained in their minds from an early age a particular structure of writing. That structure goes something like this: Related Articles. How to Prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences. These tips can help ensure that parent-teacher conferences are productive.
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Most Recent Popular Most Commented. But contra Selingo, or even an otherwise insightful recent New York Times piece from Dana Goldstein on the state of K writing construction, we know a lot about what works. These principles reflect the consensus of many experienced teachers of writing, have been available for many years and are not exactly hidden from view. In reality, the problems of writing instruction have much less to do with our state of knowledge on how to teach writing, and much more with the systems in which students and teachers must learn and teach.
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Many, if not most, K teachers are also burdened with far too many students and other demands on their time and spirit to provide the kind of one-on-one instruction that is optimal for writing instruction. At the college level, a significant proportion of writing instructors are low-paid contingent faculty who must service far more students than recommended under conditions not conducive to quality engagement.
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This lack of support seems shortsighted given that, as Selingo shows, employers consistently say they want to hire people with strong writing and communication skills. Often, in academic contexts, students are still building the underlying knowledge that will allow them to write well. The difficulty of learning the specifics of disciplinary conventions are frequently underestimated by faculty. They may be excellent writers in other contexts. There is no ultimate mastery. The best you can hope for is achieving a kind of belief that each time out, no matter how much evidence to the contrary, you have a chance at winning the struggle to express something meaningful.
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