Archives: October 2009

  1. Tip Three: Validate the Process

    Tip Three:      Validate the Process. We teach that writing is a process, then ask students to follow a five-step procedure.  They'd rather not complete those five steps.  They'd much prefer do it in one step and if all we, as teachers, are interested in is the final product, we've provided scarce motivation to follow the five steps (discuss and gather...
  2. Tip Two (For Reluctant Writers)

        Tip Two:  Discuss first. I remember sitting with a blank piece of paper in front of me, pen in hand, and feeling paralyzed.  There were ideas spinning in my head, but none worthy of a first sentence.  The ideas swam around, without coming close enough that I could reel them in. This is when a discussion helps.  Hashing...

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