Writing Process

 

My writing process tends to be very organized. I always feel that if I don’t think about how my writing will look right before I publish it, I won’t know what I need to do to make it the best it can be. I start with the information in front of me (book, article, website), look at the criteria to get the best grade, and outline where I need to b with my writing at each step in the process. One time I had a lo book report to do and didn’t know where to start. Instead of creating a plan, I just worked on it as I went along and did not get the best grade. Reading Flowers and Hayes’ article made me think about all the techniques I used like pre-writing and revising, but unlike what the article stated, I do usually write in order of the process just because I am more used to it than writing in a free-spirited way.

There are many characteristics of novice writers that I used to possess in high school because I simply did not want to write long essays and research papers. However, since I have had to do even longer writing in college, I have learned how to take a more professional approach. Novice writers lose basic skills, like noticing simple grammar errors, using correct punctuation or syntax. Fortunately, I was always able  to point out these errors, so by the time I was in college, it was never a problem. Novice writers fail to elaborate points that make their writing seem professional and instead come out incomplete and lazy. This, however, was very hard for me in hard school because I did not know what I needed to add or how to incorporate it into my writing. In college, I learned that references can make your writing more believable if you have evidence that you understood what you were reading. Most high school students, who are usually novice writers, feel tyrannized by their assignments. They follow the instructions almost exactly, only wording it differently so it sounds like their own writing. I often would do this because I did not know how to answer the prompt in the way the teacher wanted. In my college English classers, I learned about why the teacher would assign the prompt, especially since I want to be a teacher myself. Thinking about what the teacher wanted me to learn from the assignment gave a different perspective of what I needed to do to in order to be a better writer.There are many characteristics of novice writers that I used to possess in high school because I simply did not want to write long essays and research papers. However, since I have had to do even longer writing in college, I have learned how to take a more professional approach. Novice writers lose basic skills, like noticing simple grammar errors, using correct punctuation or syntax. Fortunately, I was always able  to point out these errors, so by the time I was in college, it was never a problem. Novice writers fail to elaborate points that make their writing seem professional and instead come out incomplete and lazy. This, however, was very hard for me in hard school because I did not know what I needed to add or how to incorporate it into my writing. In college, I learned that references can make your writing more believable if you have evidence that you understood what you were reading. Most high school students, who are usually novice writers, feel tyrannized by their assignments. They follow the instructions almost exactly, only wording it differently so it sounds like their own writing. I often would do this because I did not know how to answer the prompt int he way the teacher wanted. In my college English classers, I learned about why the teacher would assign the prompt, especially since I want to be a teacher myself. Thinking about what the teacher wanted me to learn from the assignment gave a different perspective of what I needed to do to in order to be a better writer.There are many characteristics of novice writers that I used to possess in high school because I simply did not want to write long essays and research papers. However, since I have had to do even longer writing in college, I have learned how to take a more professional approach. Novice writers lose basic skills, like noticing simple grammar errors, using correct punctuation or syntax. Fortunately, I was always able to point out these errors, so by the time I was in college, it was never a problem. Novice writers fail to elaborate points that make their writing seem professional and instead come out incomplete and lazy. This, however, was very hard for me in hard school because I did not know what I needed to add or how to incorporate it into my writing. In college, I learned that references can make your writing more believable if you have evidence that you understood what you were reading. Most high school students, who are usually novice writers, feel tyrannized by their assignments. They follow the instructions almost exactly, only wording it differently so it sounds like their own writing. I often would do this because I did not know how to answer the prompt int he way the teacher wanted. In my college English classers, I learned about why the teacher would assign the prompt, especially since I want to be a teacher myself. Thinking about what the teacher wanted me to learn from the assignment gave a different perspective of what I needed to do to in order to be a better writer.

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Writing Coach Profile

Hi! My name is Jordan Taper. I’m a Junior (third year student) at UW-Milwaukee as an Education major. I want to teach Middle School English. Since High School, I have loved writing. During that time, as well as my first two years in college, I wrote songs in a lot of different music genres: Pop, Rock, and Country. I consider myself obsessed with music, and when I become a teacher, I want to incorporate it as much as I can into my lessons. Also in my second year of college, I took a Creative Writing class and wrote my own short story. Last year, I took a Teaching class and had field experience at Maryland Avenue Montessori School. It was a fantastic school with a friendly community and strong relationship between teachers and students, as well as a focus on independent work. I would recommend anyone to go and visit there. I look forward to working with all of you and I know this will give me practice on how to be a great teacher. Thanks!

http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/school/maryland/

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Session 2

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Like many young people, I frequently go to social media websites like twitter and Facebook to connect and communicate with my friends. Just as this is a different way to communicate with people than in the past, the different forms of digital media can help teachers educate students in new cutting edge ways. Unfortunately, not all children have access to such technology and miss out on new teaching methods.

The article “Cultivating Digital and Popular Literacies as Empowering and Emancipatory Acts among Urban Youth” reflects on how students’ identities impact writing instruction and how the Internet and digital media  promote English Language Arts (ELA) learning and culturally relevant pedagogy.  For example, the majority of children living in impoverished areas are of the African-American and Latino communities and have less resources than Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz and Marcelle Haddix discuss the importance of emancipatory pedagogies. The key method of such a practice is the use of digital tools and popular culture, and social applies to both, to make up for the lack of advanced technology. While they do criticize the lack of economic and social equality regarding urban schools compared to urban schools, I appreciate how they plan to empower their students by teaching them with the few resources they have and showing them how to make the best of a bad situation. The following link shows how technology and digital media can benefit students in the classroom.