Author Archives: Harmony Button

The Magic of Metaphor

by Harmony Button “As it becomes easier to think metaphorically, we begin to see more metaphors around us; and the more metaphors we see, the more bridges we have access to, inviting our connection to other people, to other perspectives, … Continue reading

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Writing Lists & Resolutions

by Harmony Button As we welcome in a new year and welcome our students back into our same old classrooms, we often feel a kind of tension between a desire to refresh and a need to maintain our classroom habits. … Continue reading

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Using Rubrics to Evaluate Writing

by Harmony Button Student writing is notoriously difficult to evaluate. No matter the task the student was asked to accomplish, there are always several factors that influence the efficacy of the assignment, and they all seem interconnected. When faced with … Continue reading

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Planning A Syllabus: Scaffolding Learning Goals for a New Term

by Harmony Button Welcome to Winter Term!  As you build your Canvas courses, upload your syllabi, and plan out exactly what kind of unit will fit in the three week window between now and winter break, here are a couple … Continue reading

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Progress Reports

by Harmony Button The following was a letter addressed to faculty members during finals week at the Waterford School, a time in which teachers were composing written reports of individual students’ progress to present to parents.  Dear colleagues,  The end … Continue reading

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Writing & Test Anxiety: An Interview with Dr. Sari Soutor

by Harmony Button Last week’s WAC email addressed writing in final exam situations, and made some suggestions for teachers as they designed exams. This week’s email takes a look at the student experience of test anxiety when they are faced … Continue reading

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Writing in Test Situations

by Harmony Button “We could improve our use of exams by taking four basic actions: 1. teaching students how to write essay exams, 2. building in more opportunities for process into the exam setting, 3. improving the focus and clarity … Continue reading

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The Writing Center

by Harmony Button “Our job is to produce better writers, not better writing.  Any given project … is for the writer the prime, often exclusive concern.  That particular text, its success or failure, is often what brings them to talk to us in the first … Continue reading

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Why Teachers Should Write

by Harmony Button “Writing about our experiences, figuring out what they mean, and then hearing that writing discussed and questioned lets us create a kind of productive detachment from our own lives which makes our identities visible to us. We realize how our … Continue reading

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Writing as a Tool of Discovery

by Harmony Button Don’t just write what you know.  Write what you want to know.  — Melanie Rae Thon The Thinking:  In the fall of 2014, I had the pleasure of taking nine students to the Lake Effect Writers Conference.  This conference … Continue reading

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