Introduce multi-genre writing in the context of community service. Use the shared events of students' lives to inspire writing. Debbie Rotkow, a co-director of the Coastal Georgia Writing Projectmakes use of the real-life circumstances of her first grade students to help them compose writing that, in Frank Smith's words, is "natural and purposeful.
This paper is presented as a model based on the way the author began the inquiry, i. There are areas for improvement in the piece e. I found the article written by Sonia Bodi was very informative and interesting.
First I would like to answer the question that was proposed in the title of this article: How do we bridge the gap between what we professors teach and what they students do?
To fill in that gap, both sides need to work together.
Students need to push themselves to expand their knowledge and help themselves become more inquisitive, critical, and reflective. Professors, on the other hand, should push and challenge the students to become better thinkers and help them use what skills they know to their advantage.
I agree that students do have a more difficult time to deal with the pressure of writing a research essay. I sometimes complain when I have to write an essay focusing on a specific topic that a professor has assigned, but in reality, writing an essay on a topic you can pick yourself is even harder.
Sometimes I have so many ideas to write down on paper I become overwhelmed and stressed; even though I am researching a topic that I myself have freely chosen.
This is the time where, as stated in the Bodi article, that students "experience uncertainly and confusion. I thought about this statement while I read the rest of the article and came to a conclusion about the truth of this quote. Although I understand how to now, I was never taught how to write a proper research paper in high school; and I am sure that many people also feel this way as well.
The teachers were very lenient about the way our research essays were presented, so it was never a big deal if I forgot to add a bibliography to the paper. Another problem that seems to affect students, from my experience, is the method of acquiring the information for the research paper.
The Internet use to be where I got most of my information, and while I feel it is a valuable source, I know that libraries are even more beneficial. I can understand why students seem to turn away from Libraries because all that information can be overwhelming and stressful.
Therefore, another problem is presented before the actual research process has even begun.
I really enjoyed the quote by William Blake: How much information should I put in my paper? What are the most important topics and which topics should be left out?
As mentioned above, there were a few points I disagreed with. Quotes such as "students search in a haphazard, unplanned way, happy to find whatever" and "lack of patience" were easy for me to contradict.
Although I have never been taught how to write a properly finished research paper, I have been taught how to write an outline.IIRP Tips on Writing Reflection Papers A reflection paper is not a summary of the course readings or a stream of conscious mind dump on paper. SAMPLE REFLECTION PAPER (submitted by a student in CRIM E, Fall term ) Mark: 4/5.
Please NOTE: This paper is presented as a model based on the way the author began the inquiry, (i.e.
narrowing the reflection by posing a question and focusing on it). How to write a reflective statement. Writing effective reflective statements will take time.
Following this format can assist you to organize your thoughts and experiences in a way that results in more than descriptions and critical reflection on your teaching. I guess you could say that I have learned to read with a pen, which has drastically taken my writing to a new level because I am able to connect back with my initial insights marked on the page.
Writing had always been one of my strengths, but it was challenging to take that initial step past the high school, five-paragraph essay form that constricted my ideas for so long.
Sample Student Reflection Paper 3 (learned technology and about self) I have learned about technology through the Advance Online Learning Strategy class, PFG4CC, but I have also learned about what defines a learning community and how to successfully participate in one.
This Teacher's Manual provides answer keys, sample answers, and helpful suggestions for writing activities. It also provides an introduction that describes the five parts of each chapter of the Student's Book, how to use them, and how to adapt them to fit students' needs.