Day 15: Writing in Science

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Obligatory back-of-head kid-writing-research-paper photo.

I taught 4/4 classes today. Every group spent the entire period researching their musical instruments and writing their research papers. For many of them, this is the first technical writing they’ve ever been asked to do so two things are currently hitting my students like a ton of bricks: 1) write — in science class — that’s a thing? and 2) writing 3-5 pages double spaced and cited in under a week feels like a lot for them. I stressed that 3-5 pages double spaced with works cited is really like 2 pages of single spaced typing. And I showed them ways to get the writing done efficiently. I think I helped.

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Kids seem to like my Real Talk way of interacting with them: “How many of you were planning on starting this paper Thursday around 10pm? Yeah, I would’ve done the same in high school. Someday, procrastinating will bite you in the butt and you’ll learn your lesson. Until then, nothing I say will break you of the habit so I won’t bother. Instead, we’ll focus on writing efficiently NOW in class.”

Top picture: obligatory back-of-head shot of a kid doing research.

Bottom picture: the sample research paper I used to show kids how to set up formatting in Word.

Today I read a bunch of rough drafts and was generally impressed by the writing level.

This day last year: Library Research (I started this feature to easily compare where I am this year vs last — the librarian came about a week ago but the other content is on par with last year. Interesting.)

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