Topics: Journal Writing, Writing Conferences and “Writing” Defined.
Question: How does academic journal writing make up for the shortcomings of class discussion?
Answer: “A journal approach to teaching allowed for displays of knowledge and ability often precluded by the dynamics of classroom public interactions.” RJ Templeton. 1988. P. 442-443.
Comment: Allows for individual interpretations and responses by students who are unwilling to express them in class discussions. RayS.
Question: Which students gain the most from writing conferences?
Answer: “Conferences were most helpful for students who began with the least knowledge of revision and who needed the most help in writing.” J Fitzgerald and C Stamm. 1990. P. 444.
Comment: Use conferences with students who will benefit most from them? Of course, other students can request conferences with the teacher. RayS.
Question: How is “writing” defined by some K-3 teachers?
Answer: “Writing as a process of composing an original thought was not emphasized while writing as handwriting was.” SM Holmes. 1988. P. 444.
Comment: I wonder how many teachers of young children still think of writing as handwriting in 2011? RayS.
Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” RK Durst and JD Marshall. Research in the Teaching of English (December 1990), 441-457.