Rachel Duso

  • I’m with you on the kindle thing. My mom begged for one, so I bought it for her birthday a couple of years ago. A couple of months later she asked for a case, specifically one that she could open like a book. I thought that was funny. I refused to get one for myself […]

  • Mo, you hit it on the spot! It was said that there is a significant increase in students over the recent years. I’m wondering if, forget for a second how the money is being allocated, but if the increase in students is from troops coming home. I was talking to my cousin the other night […]

  • I’ve used sparknotes in the past in addition to the actual text but never in place of. If student would use it as what it is, a resource, then I can advocate for it; however, students think they can replace reading a novel with sparknotes. Although, sparknotes is considered a reliable source and has good […]

  • I understand that Guadalupe sees it fair to let ELL students use their native language to aide their learning of English and I agree. Travis, I think of students using slang or vernacular when you say their own “version” and I agree that that can hinder their academic writing. These being two different things. Journals […]

  • I agree with you on the fact that ELL students should be integrated into classrooms with their peers. Only by using and practicing the new language will they acquire it better. I have a friend who just started this year as an ELL teacher and said that she mostly sees her students during their English […]

  • I’m also wondering about this common core curriculum. If it doesn’t work the way it’s thought to, what kind of generation will we wind up with? At a first look the children are the ones who suffer but what about those who come after them and the rest of society?

  • local vs. national might have been a way to look at it but, correct me if I’m wrong teachers, the new core curriculum is supposed to be the same across the U.S. I believe that was the point of doing that. There’s been many problems with the curriculum because it hasn’t changed with society over […]

  • Unfortunately, you’re not the only sending students out into a world with less than perfect grammatical skills. I’m a few years younger than you yet grammar was still focused on in school for me and was seen as an important part of writing. Most college professors do not grade grammar or, if they do, it’s […]

  • I think grammar is important at every level of schooling. I would have loved to take a class during my undergrad here at Queens College. During my high school student teaching experience was when students asked if grammar counted. Of course!!!! That’s when I would write my favorite example on the board; “let’s eat grandma” […]

  • Your last paragraph really gets to me because grades are supposed to hold more weight than anything but i find that regular education students don’t seem to care about their grade; not all of them but some of them. The special education students that i work with are obsessed with their grades because school is […]

  • If i teacher is not teaching grammar then it’s not fair to grade their work checking for grammar. I think it’s something that students should already know by the secondary level but unfortunately from my experiences writing and grammar are not student’s strong points. Maybe just putting the check next to the sentence will be […]

  • I agree with Haswell that we shouldn’t be correcting the mistakes for them with our red pen and then having them fix it and hand it back to us with only those corrections. If we want students to actually learn something then we can point out the mistake and they can find what and where […]

  • I’ve had similar experiences with professors not accepting paper revisions because simply changing a few things will not get you a much better grade. I try my best to take advantage of professors who do allow rewrites but in my experiences they only allow it if you get the paper to them early and that […]

  • When you do your peer-editing with your students what do you have them look for? I like this idea but am very curious to know how you make it work. I think that’s better than grading the assignment although I’m sure once we become more experienced we can decipher which classes need to have their […]

  • I once observed a teacher who had students write two to three drafts before handing in the final paper. She collected all drafts to see where students made changes, fixed sentences, made corrections to grammatical errors, and so on. She said she found this to be effective because, although the drafts were not graded, the […]

  • Glad you’re feeling better. Something is going around my school and this week is my turn to be sick 🙁 You stated that Harris reminds teachers not to control students habits. Is that not what is done when we make notes on their papers. Even if were not marking the paper for grammatical errors I […]

  • I never really looked at the 5 paragraph essay as anything other than what it is; a 5 paragraph essay. Now that you make the point that it doesn’t necessarily have to be exactly 5 and the body can include more than 3 paragraphs maybe that is something that we need to make sure we […]

  • is each time we write going to be 4 pages or is the end outcome supposed to be 4 pages?

  • ahh, the five paragraph essay. using the formula for an essay of this sort may not be the best way to teach students how to write an essay but it seems to be effective. You start with an introduction, three body paragraphs and then the closing paragraph. The problem with this formula is that it […]

  • Lengthy research papers have always been intimidating to me. I never know where to start and most professors aren’t very helpful, at least in my experiences. Writing for pleasure is a completely different story. When a writing assignment is self-sponsored it becomes less of a hassle and more enjoyable because it isn’t necessarily receiving a […]

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