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Pen Pals
Sat Jun 20, 2015 15:10

I think that, ultimately, it boils down to how you set up the pen pal assignment. If you set ground rules that the writing cannot be lazy, or that it must be the best writing that you can do, then students will follow these rules. For our purposes, I think the ultimate goal is written communication. We can refine that as it goes, but making writing something enjoyable where the students can see how it will help them in life is our ultimate goal.

  • Enjoyment Leads to Learning? - Karley Ingold, Sat Jun 20 10:41
    I really enjoyed reading about the pen pal programs that the children engaged in through email and then instant messaging because I think it used the perfect amount of fun and enjoyment to motivate... more
    • Pen Pals - luckadooso, Sat Jun 20 15:10
    • Response to Karley Ingold - carsleymm, Sat Jun 20 12:06
      Interesting post, Karley. I think the pen pal idea is great too...I've actually done it with my high school students and they love it. I never really worried about my students being able to write... more
    • Re: Enjoyment Leads to Learning? - hinesjd, Sat Jun 20 11:50
      Hey Karley! I read this article too and I didn't know what to think about it at first. I have always been traditional in thinking about how students learn, but that is because I didn't grow up in... more
    • Interesting Point - whitemb2, Sat Jun 20 11:29
      I wasn't thinking about how texting and messaging format may interfere with the real writing we want to receive and see as teachers. I know they made it clear that most students were not to focus on... more
    • Messaging - Sonya Summey, Sat Jun 20 11:18
      I liked that a lot too. The students would definitely have fun having a pen pal and getting messages back and forth. The point of it was to teach correct ways to E-mail and format those, so this will ... more
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