• Education is a business and sometimes the consumers (students) don’t always get what they pay for. There is a notion in society which promotes the idea that in order to be successful in life, a person must first gain a degree of higher education (college). As a result, many students spend thousands of dollars trying […]

  • Your success with any tool in life depends on how well you learn to use it to your advantage! As educators, it is our job to use differentiated instruction to enhance learning. Anything in this world can be used as a teachable resource if used correctly, that of course includes wikipedia and video games. I […]

  • ELL students are usually categorized and placed in a group labelled “other.” Many of these students are misplaced in the educational system and as a result, do not receive the adequate support or pivotal resources that they need. They are viewed as a challenge to many educators and this is a huge problem because them […]

  • mfox2012 commented on the blog post Applying Grammar 9 years, 5 months ago

    Practice does make prefect. It is very important for teachers to put into practice what they teach by giving assignments that check regularly for understanding, in this case, proper grammar usage. Instead of assuming or hoping that the students are grasping the information.Travis, I agree that, “it’s not what you teach but how you teach.” […]

  • Travis, Johanna and Dana, while I don’t agree that drafts should be graded, I do believe that they should be required. Johanna, usually when I tell my high school students that I will not collect their final papers unless there is at least 1 draft produced and attached to the final, I get a lot […]

  • Shitty first drafts! This title immediately grabbed my attention because I get those all the time. However, I’m in agreement with Anne Lamott when she states that, “All good writers write them. This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts,” a concept both Sondra Perl and Donald Murray would […]

  • Chapter 5 entitled, “Formal Writing Assignments,” focuses on “the design of problem-based assignments to promote critical thinking and active engagement with course subject matter” (73).  The chapter begins by stating the obvious that, “Formal writing usually requires multiple drafts and is thus distinguished from equally important informal, exploratory writing aimed at generating, developing, and extending […]

  • Trevor, you give a good example of forced sponsorship within your narrative. I do believe that our parents are the first sponsors we meet in life. So Yes professor Ferguson, that is how sponsorship works! The sponsor doesn’t always take into consideration “the desire of the sponsored.” However, the sponsorship can be something of a […]

  • How can the drive come from within, if the student cannot relate to the topic he/she is asked to write about? This is a question we as educators need to think about and seek the answer because we encounter this dilemma within the classroom on a daily basis. My students aren’t so much concerned about […]

  • Being corrected or correcting someone’s grammar can be a very touchy matter.  However, there are ways to do so without offending or embarrassing someone. I wished my AP English teacher in High School was aware of that. One day while sitting in class, Mr. Amoroso without saying a word walked into the classroom and wrote […]

  • It is a very scary thing to know that anyone can become a sponsor. Because as we all know, a sponsor has the ability to mold the sponsored into a certain way of thinking. If people do not search for answers beyond what is given to them, education will simply be used as a means […]

  • The Literacy Myth by Henry Graff discusses the myth based on the view that literacy is beneficial to individuals and society. He supports this concept by introducing controversial statements made by other writers who take the same claim as he does on literacy. Each of the three introduced authors pass judgment on the importance of […]