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Speaking of Discussion

by Harmony Button If you tend to slip into the same old discussion strategies every day, check out the following ways to shake up your classroom dynamics: The Thinking:  We know that students are creatures of habit — just like we … 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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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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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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