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By Suzanne Klein on 2/3/2016 12:51 PM
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Valentine's Day is fast approaching! If you don't usually incorporate writing when you celebrate, do something different this year and share the power of words with your students.

Here are four ideas:

1. Pass out this Valentine’s Mad Lib during your classroom celebrations. This activity provides an opportunity for your students to complete a story with a Valentine’s Day theme.  They fill in the blanks with various parts of speech.  The more creative your students are with their adjectives, adverbs, and nouns, the better! Have students work alone, in partners, or in a group. For younger students, create a word bank that they can use to fill in the blanks that cover the various parts of speech.   Allow your students to share their stories when they’re finished!

Download your Mad Lib here.

By Suzanne Klein on 6/8/2015 10:15 AM
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No matter where you live in the world, writing is an important skill to master. We were contacted by Open Colleges, an education company based in Sydney, Australia, who asked if we would share a blog from their Community Manager, Tess Pajaron. We were happy to do so. It shows two countries think alike when it comes to writing! Read on to learn Tess Pajaron’s tips for encouraging students to write more.

When it comes to education, writing is an important part of every subject. Writing allows students to practice crucial learning skills like integrating new information or reframing their knowledge in logical structures. It also enables instructors to identify issues that students find difficult to understand. The best thing is, writing doesn't have to come in large pieces like term papers. Using some of these shorter assignments, teachers can effectively encourage their students to write more and polish their language skills.

Quick Writing Exercise

Once you start a new section or introduce a new chapter in your course, ask students to write about one thing for a few minutes. It can be a question they have about the day's reading material or a short summary of the major points made during the lesson.

You can later use those materials as your opener for a day – answering popular questions is a great method for clearing up any doubts about the material. These writing pieces work best when written anonymously.

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