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The “Write” Game

by Harmony Button Why do people love games? What makes something a game? If a game is merely a structured activity in which there are set objectives and clear parameters, where a player’s success is measured by demonstrations of skill, … Continue reading

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Your Brain Moves By Train While Your Hand Is Still On Foot

by Harmony Button This post is about the practice of freewriting — a style of brainstorming that writers frequently practice in both creative and critical pursuits. The Thinking: One of the most frequent complaints that I get from students about their … Continue reading

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Listening is a Part of Speech

by Harmony Button “We can learn a lot about a person in the very moment that language fails them. In the very moment that they have to be more creative than they would have imagined in order to communicate. It’s … Continue reading

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A Matter of Voice

by Harmony Button “Don’t lose your language. Don’t lose your culture. The written word is the most persuasive form of communication.” — Justice Sonia Sotomayor Last week, the entire Waterford Upper School travelled to the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake … Continue reading

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Expressive Writing as a Vehicle of Change

by Harmony Button “It may sound like self-help nonsense, but research suggests the effects are real.” — Tara Parker-Pope The Thinking: There have been a flurry of articles recently that quantitatively verify what writers (and educators) have long thought to be … Continue reading

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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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