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How We Teach Writing (Part 1): What Every Writing Program Should Teach, But Doesn’t

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Last week I wrote a post (“Constructivism, Transmedia Thinking, and Why the Classroom Doesn’t Work”) that explored some of the reasons that I struggle with teaching creative arts within the confines of a structured classroom. This week I wanted to explore a second part to that argument: Constructivist teaching experiences work best when the outcome is applied research aimed at solving a real-world problem.

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The Science of Big Group Learning

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What I’ve started to work on is creating better learning groups. I’ve done this by eliminating small group work, and replacing that with large group work. Rarely will I use the 4-person group. Instead, I’m looking for ways to get an entire class working in parallel to solve on problem. Here’s my latest (and best) example:

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The Design of Authorship #2

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The role of reading in American society is changing. We need look no further for evidence than research studies aggregated in books such as The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupifies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30) and Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses that examine the Millennial generation who neither read nor understand the fundamental cognitive structures developed by reading.

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