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Color Outside the Lines

by Sheila Cooperman Writing, for me, used to be like the old-fashioned rules of coloring: “Stay inside the lines.” It was next to impossible. I tried, failed, and swore to do better next time. But next time rarely came, because I knew that to express myself effectively, to make the most of what I needed…

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What do students think about the five-paragraph essay?

by Jennifer P. Gray, Ph.D. Do you ever wonder what students think about the writing assignments they do for school? Lately, I am hearing about how assignments fit into Common Core areas or how assignments match up with general education requirements, and I’m curious about the students’ perspectives. What do the students think about our…

Writing Assessment: A Creative Approach

By Jeremy Hyler In April, I wrote a post about standardized testing. In that post I mentioned how students’ confidence could rise if they were given the opportunity to do more authentic assessments where they could be creative. Unfortunately, standardized testing does not allow for this.  Students can’t demonstrate their knowledge through any other mode…