Comments on: The Writing Decline: Tweeting, Texting and Horrible Grammar in K-12 School http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/03/the-writing-decline-tweeting-texting-and-horrible-grammar-in-k-12-school.html Education on the Edge Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 By: Mark Barnes http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/03/the-writing-decline-tweeting-texting-and-horrible-grammar-in-k-12-school.html#comment-3777 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:47:28 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=6384#comment-3777 Great points, Scott. Practice is crucial to good writing, and I believe Twitter and other social networks, when used properly, can be effective. Thanks for sharing your insights.
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By: Scott http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/03/the-writing-decline-tweeting-texting-and-horrible-grammar-in-k-12-school.html#comment-3774 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:36:42 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=6384#comment-3774 I teacher senior high science and math. Although the writing skills are somewhat less required in math, I sometimes find it exhausting when I ask kids to do some writing in my science classes. They need constant reminder that answers need to be in complete sentences with proper grammar and punctuation.

I know my role as an educator is to help them to learn valuable writing skills, and so I often assign at least one major research assignment so can assess their scientific writing skills. Practicing this skill does hone is nicely; I am a picky teacher when it comes to grading research assignments. I know what college and university professors will expect (having written my fair share). I have found that in grade 10 the written reports are weak, but by the time I assign their final paper in grade 12, they understand my expectations and the papers are much better.

In addition to our digital world teaching students how to keep things short and sweet, I think it also depends on the teachers. When I first entered university I had no clue how to write a good paper. I never had to write an single essay in high school, so even I struggled when I got to university. The practice I spoke of, does work. Now, I can write a research paper in 2 days and get an A on it.

Kids need to get practice in the art of writing so they can master the skill. I agree, all the assessing and pre-assessing, especially in junior high, takes time away from the actually learning. It is the same thing here in Saskatchewan.

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By: Mark Barnes http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/03/the-writing-decline-tweeting-texting-and-horrible-grammar-in-k-12-school.html#comment-3096 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:26:55 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=6384#comment-3096 Yes! Iteration leads to mastery.
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By: Laurel McHargue http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/03/the-writing-decline-tweeting-texting-and-horrible-grammar-in-k-12-school.html#comment-3095 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:19:30 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=6384#comment-3095 Absolutely. I never take away points without making suggestions for how to earn full points first! Then, I compile all the haikus and post them for everyone to see.
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By: Laurel McHargue http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/03/the-writing-decline-tweeting-texting-and-horrible-grammar-in-k-12-school.html#comment-3094 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:17:09 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=6384#comment-3094 In my experience, most grade school students don’t do well with fine lines (there will always be the handful who blow us away with their abilities and insights, and that’s where differentiation comes in, though I hate that word anymore). Let them trip across fine lines after they can demonstrate proficiency with the lines they’ll need to stay within to be successful beyond high school.
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By: Mark Barnes http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/03/the-writing-decline-tweeting-texting-and-horrible-grammar-in-k-12-school.html#comment-3093 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:10:49 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=6384#comment-3093 Sound like an engaging activity. What if you took away the points? Would students complete the activity just for the joy of learning?
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By: Laurel McHargue http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/03/the-writing-decline-tweeting-texting-and-horrible-grammar-in-k-12-school.html#comment-3092 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:10:42 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=6384#comment-3092 As an English Composition instructor at our local college, I struggle along with my students who have been passed from year to year with no accountability at each grade. The majority have not mastered (even to a degree I would expect from a middle school student) the basic fundamentals of writing, and many now are co-enrolled in “developmental education” classes. We are devaluing educating our K-12 students in favor of increasing time spent assessing (and pre-assessing), and I cannot understand why those making educational laws do not see the correlation between increased assessing and decreased learning.
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By: Mark Barnes http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/03/the-writing-decline-tweeting-texting-and-horrible-grammar-in-k-12-school.html#comment-3091 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:06:09 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=6384#comment-3091 Spot on, Laurel. We must expose students to more vocabulary. I’m okay with “cool” and “nice” outside of dialogue, but there is a fine line to when informal vocabulary is okay for formal writing. It makes for a sophisticated conversation with students. Thanks for your insight here.
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