Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Prompted to Make Connections

While writing effectively is a skill that has long been emphasized in schools, having students learn how to learn is something that features more prominently in the set of 21st century skills.

Teachers at Greenwood use writing as part of the process of learning at various points in a lesson. English teacher Connor McFarlane likes to have his students start each class by responding to a writing prompt. These prompts connect with one of the big ideas of the course and allow students the opportunity to focus, make connections and get ready to learn.
Using their laptops, students write for 10 minutes with an emphasis on making as many connections as possible.

After the 10 minutes are up, students have an opportunity to share their work with a few peers. The thinking expressed in their writing enables students to then focus on the larger topic of the day, which in this case is an exploration of how anomie or social disorder is developed in the novel Perks of Being a Wallflower.
By engaging in an activity at the outset of the class, class time is used effectively and learning is enhanced.

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