Bernhardt, University of Delaware We should think less about teaching students to write, and more about how we might use writing in our classrooms in the interest of learning.
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Developing their ability to use writing-to-learn and their confidence and enjoyment in the process and its results should then be one of the highest educational priorities.
Learning is the quintessential human activity. Language is the most powerful learning tool we have. All students have a right to discover--or, perhaps, rediscover--the joys of learning and we should all recognize that writing-to-learn is one of the best means of helping them to do so.
They use it to find out what students already know, rather than as a way of encouraging them to find out. The process of making the material their own--the process of writing--is demonstrably a process of learning.
It is precisely this process of language selection that makes the activities such valuable learning tools. You will notice that these activities do not include copying or filling in the blanks--activities which research suggests consumes much writing time in our schools and is of limited learning value.
The challenge of expressing ideas in writing places students at the center of their own learning, enabling them to master content and to improve their skill at expressing ideas. In addition, writing activities help students discover connections, discern processes, raise questions and discover solutions.
The means through which this learning is achieved is invaluable; its effects, far-reaching. The list is not exhaustive, by any means, and some of the ideas presented here will trigger others for you. Of course, you will want to vary the activities you have your students do. But whichever ones you select, you will want to spend a few minutes of class time incorporating the writing activity into the lesson, allowing students to see directly or indirectly how the writing seeks to enhance the learning objectives.
After students have written, call on several of them to read, not tell you in other words, what they have written.
Doing so forces them to pay attention to how they have stated their ideas and encourages them to look at their written words. One word of warning is in order, however: Do not make judgmental comments, either good or bad, after students have read.
Remember that you are encouraging them to commit ideas to paper.
You do not want to make them anxious or resent the activity because the person who read first received a "Great! Experiment with these writing activities. Some of them will work better for your particular discipline than others.
A combination of writing to learn activities used efficiently and effectively, is guaranteed to spark additional interest in your courses.Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum.
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