Online Talking-Writing Connection
In Get Common Core Ready: Achieve Dynamic Student-led Discussions (3/8/15), Aitlin Tucker states,
"Discussion can be a powerful tool for learning yet engaging all students in equitable discussions can be challenging. When I began teaching, I was frustrated because in-class discussions were dominated by a small group of vocal students while the rest of the class sat quietly avoiding eye contact. It wasn’t until I incorporated online discussions into my traditional class that I was able to engage every voice in our class dialog.
"Is writing a reflection of silently talking to ourselves? Should we have our writing students talk more as they consider different views and ways to express their thoughts?"
What do you reading and writing instructors think? This is a very innovative approach which I think has great promise. In her article, Catlin lists resources and several strategies to include online discussion in onsite classes. Though a K-12 teacher, several ideas call for application among adults. Do you agree? What benefit do you see in having students talk online more before they write? Leecy