Should We Record K-12 Teachers While They Teach? — Technical Communication and EdTech Homepage

Three years ago, Bill Gates delivered a ten-minute TED presentation about the lack of meaningful feedback teachers receive so they can improve their instruction. Gates believes other countries outperform the United States across every subject for K-12 education because the United States has no system for the development of entry-level teachers with high-quality models, mentors, and evidence of the […]

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How To Write an Expository Essay

The expository essay is designed to provide a logical, factual, and straightforward explanation of a given topic. Here, the writer’s opinions and emotions are put aside. A typical expository writing prompt will direct the writers to “define” or “explain” a topic.

Example:
“Write an essay explaining how email has changed the lives of students.”

As always, a close look at the instruction is essential. Here, there is nothing in the writing prompt that indicates that any kind of argument or opinion is needed. The instruction is simply to “explain.”
The goal here is provide information in as clear, concise and logical a manner as possible. Good exposition writers include journalists who are required to provide just the facts without the frothy emotional appeal of an argumentative piece.

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Education in the US, a Former Teacher’s Prospective — 1undomesticgoddess

No Child Left Behind brought to the forefront an ongoing debate about education and the achievement gap. Why were upper middle class students excelling where their poor counterparts were not? How can we bridge the achievement gap between the two groups? Yes, we threw lots of money at this problem, created Standards of which to […]

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How To Write a Persuasive Essay or Position Paper

In persuasive or argumentative writing, we try to convince others to agree with our facts, accept our argument and conclusions, and adopt our way of thinking. Take the time to know your subject well enough to form an argument you can support. This is a tough medium to bluff in. Aim for a confident tone which asserts ideas and beliefs in an intelligent and informed way, but without ever being strident or badgering.

A persuasive essay uses reason to demonstrate that certain ideas are more valid than others. The purpose of such an essay is to encourage readers to accept a particular viewpoint or act in a particular way. A persuasive essay must be based on sound logic and must contain factual evidence to support the argument.

Guiding Principles for the Persuasive Essay or Position Paper

Thoroughly research your topic.
Hard, compelling facts are the name of the game here, so gather as many as you can find. They may come from your personal experiences, the experiences of others you know (or interview), or from research.

Make sure to collect your research in a methodical, organized, and carefully documented manner.
Depending on the assignment, you may need to be prepared to cite your sources. Statistics can be particularly useful in this kind of essay, as can direct quotes from experts, and specific examples which support your argument. While doing any reading or research to prepare your argument, make sure to keep the questions posed in the assignment at the top of your mind. You may need to collect more research than you end up using in the your essay, but you don’t want to waste time collecting information which is only tangentially related to your topic.

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