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...will move through several flexible activities designed increase knowledge base and teaching skills--all involve reading/writing/collaborating
You’re standing in the large field minding your own business when you hear rumbling sounds in the distance. The sounds begin to intensify, and at first you wonder if it is thunder you hear approaching. Because it’s a beautiful, cloudless day you dismiss the notion.
As the rumbling sounds grow louder, you begin to see a dust cloud rising just over the ridge a few yards in front of you. Instantly, you become panicked . . .
. . . Because at that exact moment it dawns on you that the rumbling you’re hearing is the sound of hundreds of wild bulls stampeding over the ridge. There are hordes of them and they are bearing down right on top of you. They are clearly faster than you and there is not time to escape. What should you do?
Survival experts recommend only ONE of the following actions: (5)
B. Running directly at the bulls, screaming loudly and flailing your arms in an attempt to scare them in another direction
C. Turning and running like heck in the same direction the bulls are running (even though you know you can’t outrun them)
D. Standing completely still; they will see you and run around you
E. Screaming rude words at your parent(s) for insisting on a back-to-nature vacation in Wyoming
The Internet is the fastest growing communications media in world history. It took the Web four years to reach 50 million users. Compare this to the number of years it took radio (38), personal computers (16), and television (13) to reach that many users (Warschauer 1999)
The blogosphere is now doubling in size every six months. world history. It took the Web four years to reach 50 million users. Compare this to the number of years it took radio (38), personal computers (16), and television (13) to reach that many users (Warschauer 1999)
It is sixty times larger than it was three years ago (Sifrey, 2006)
Today eighty percent or more of the companies in the service and finance, insurance and real estate sectors, the corporations with the greatest employment growth potential, assess writing during hiring. Half of all companies take writing into account when making promotion decisions.
(National Commission on Writing 2004)
We are immersed in the dawn of the Information/Knowledge Age. More than ever before in history, the ability to read and write will determine how far one will go in this world.
For the most part, people who read and write well will compete and prosper; people who read and write poorly will be left behind.
Simply put, there is a literacy stampede approaching and it is bearing down right on top of us.
What should we do? compete and prosper; people who read and write poorly will be left behind.
A. Go home, curl up on the sofa, watch a lot of TV, and hope the demands of the literacy stampede will go away
C. Elevate our reading and writing abilities to the point we can run with the literacy stampede
Importance of WAC hope the demands of the literacy stampede will go away
Value of an analytic writing model, such as 6 Traits
…BUT, there are myths to be dispelled:
The Writing Brain hope the demands of the literacy stampede will go away
This is the part of the brain that every educator wants to activate. It is responsible for focus, reflection, decision- making, problem- solving, and most importantly the ability to be conscious of all of that activity. If a student really thinks and is aware of himself as a thinker, this section has been activated.
Writing across the curriculum has been implemented at a range of schools and universities. In those schools, writing assignments generally fall into two categories:
Every child should be writing in every class every day??
WTL Traditional Writing Tasks
SPONTANEOUS vs planned
SHORT vs lengthy
EXPLORATORY vs authoritative
EXPRESSIVE vs transactional
INFORMAL vs formal
PERSONAL vs audience-centered
UNEDITED vs polished
UNGRADED vs graded
LEVEL ONE writing activities ANYONE can do!
What? hope the demands of the literacy stampede will go away
A brief description in your own words
The significance of the item from your viewpoint
A way you might apply this item to your teaching practice
The 6+1 Traits model is ANALYTIC, not holistic; it breaks down writing performance into a manageable group of teachable and assessable skills
Uses a grading scale of 1-5
Overall score of 3 meets the standard
Moves the discussion of writing skills from subjective to objective
Which to use? Which is right? Which will help our kids the most?
6 Traits is ANALYTIC
ISTEP is HOLISTIC
ISTEP 6 Traits down writing performance into a manageable group of teachable and assessable skills
2 scores 6 scores (70)
RESEARCH-BASED STRATEGIES ARE YOU ALREADY EMPLOYING??
I/C O V WC SF C
70 73 74 75 72 77
I/C O V WC SF C
30 33 18 27 27 47