Peer Response Groups

I’ve just started a Facebook page called The Writing Teacher. This morning, I posted about peer response groups. Here’s what I wrote. Discussion plays an important role in the Writing Teacher’s classroom. It gives students a real audience for their writing, supports the development of ideas, helps students identify non-productive …

Gaming a Writing Assignment

I’ve heard about gaming and education for awhile now, but it wasn’t until Peter Kittle‘s presentation at the CWP CATE Pre-Conference yesterday that I clearly understood how I could use gaming to promote learning. Peter said four words that made everything suddenly clear: quests, experience points, badges. Those four words …

Process: Not Another Formula

In my Methods class, we’ve started to explore how to teach writing. For Monday’s class, my students read an article by Arthur Applebee and Judith Langer, “What’s New in the Teaching of Writing.” The authors summarize research over the last 30 or so years connected to writing instruction. One of …