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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)
A. Lying down and curling up, covering your head with your arms
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
Did You Know . . .
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs . . .
By the age of 38.
According to former Secretary of Education Richard Riley . . .
The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004.
We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . .(15)
Using technologies that haven’t been invented . . .
In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.
Did you know . . .
In 2002 alone Nintendo invested more than $140 million in research and development.
The U.S. Federal Government spent less than half as much on Research and Innovation in Education.(20)
We are living in exponential times.
There are over 2.7 billion searches performed on Google each month.
To whom were these questions addressed B.G.?(Before Google)
The number of text messages sent and received every day exceeds the population of the planet.
There are about 540,000 words in the English language . . .
About 5 times as many as during Shakespeare’s time.
More than 3,000 new books are published . . .
Did you know . . .
It’s estimated that a week’s worth of New York Times . . .(30)
Contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
It’s estimated that 40 exabytes (that’s 4.0 x 1019) of unique new information will be generated worldwide this year.
That’s estimated to be more than in the previous 5,000 years.
The amount of new technical information is doubling every 2 years.
It’s predicted to double every 72 hours by 2010.
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.
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)
What does it all mean?
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?
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
Value of an analytic writing model, such as 6 Traits
…BUT, there are myths to be dispelled:
The Writing Brain
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??
WTLTraditional Writing Tasks
SPONTANEOUS vs planned
INFORMAL vs formal
UNEDITED vs polished
UNGRADED vs graded
LEVEL ONE writing activities ANYONE can do!
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
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