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Shelley Wright

Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay

thinkstock By Shelley Wright As an English teacher, I’ve had numerous conversations with college professors who lament the writing skills of their first year students. But not all writing. Most students are capable of solid expository writing. It’s their skill with persuasive writing that’s the problem. Specifically, they’re weak at writing a thesis statement that can … Continue reading Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay →

The Flip: Why I Love It, How I Use It

By Shelley Wright I love the flip. I do. And I realize by saying this I’m making a controversial statement. I believe if used judiciously, in the right context, the flip can free up valuable class time and provide the background knowledge that is fundamental for students to then go forward and wrestle with higher … Continue reading The Flip: Why I Love It, How I Use It →

What Does a Great School Year Look Like? Ask the Students

This past school year, Shelley Wright, a high school educator in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, made a number of big changes in her teaching practice. The class went paperless and used a Wiki, she incorporated project-based learning and collaboration into her lessons, she experimented with “vessays.” All along the way, she documented everything on her blog … Continue reading What Does a Great School Year Look Like? Ask the Students →

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