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Writing and Grammar Inspiration and Technology Education Resources for Today’s Digital Age Teachers from the 2015 Michigan Technology Teacher of the Year!
By Joanna Van Raden on 1/12/2017 7:17 AM


I’ve noticed an increase in “texting” type lingo in student writing. I’m not talking about when students text each other in on the go instant messages, or write short Tweets that are limited in the number of characters that can be used. No, I’m talking about when students write and are publishing their work to a broader audience.  Formal writing deserves more than text type language.

As a long time writing teacher, it looked to me like it was a conventions issue at first—not capitalizing “I” when necessary, or misspelling you as u, or are –r, or even for-4.  Where do our young writers...
By Joanna Van Raden on 12/28/2016 1:57 PM
 

In August, I traveled across the country to Eugene, Oregon.  I had the opportunity to visit McCornack Elementary School, just one of several schools in the 4J District.  I was immediately welcomed by smiling faces, even though the school year had not started.  I noticed the dignity wall, where students agree to treat others with respect and the Principal’s Wall of Pride.  The signs of a caring school community made me feel at ease, even in a school far away from home.  Many teachers, as they do in all schools,...
By Joanna Van Raden on 12/7/2016 12:37 PM

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