3 answers to questions
Wed Jun 17, 2015 15:20

1. Copying is ineffective after it is used to introduce a new letter. It loses utility after 3-6 copies. It is ineffective because it reduces a complex social, linguistic, cognitive, and communicative act (writing to convey our thoughts or record history etc.) to a visual motor task (see it, reproduce it). I encourage you to copy Arabic worksheets for the rest of the summer 15 minutes a day or more. Let me know what you learn to communicate in Arabic writing by the end of the summer.

2. Grammar is the rules of English usage. We don't learn a skill by memorizing rules. You don't write a sentence by asking yourself what article you should start with, and wonder what really good proper noun should follow, and what the perfect indirect object to complete your sentence would be. Here's a task for you, find a copy of a 6th grade grammar book (Warriner's is one that is widely used). Look through it carefully at the rules and exercises. See how little you remember. Now ask yourself, how on earth can you be surviving in graduate school with such an imperfect understanding of grammar. See Graham and Perin (2007) for a thorough review of what works (lots!) and doesn't work (grammar instruction) in improving children's writing.

3.You're dead right about the need to keep up by reading in your field as a teacher. The reality is you will be very busy, no school system will reward you in any concrete way for doing so, and few of your peers will be reading what they don't have to. There is nothing, however, to prevent you from reading to advance your knowledge except your own will.

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