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ERIC Number: EJ772109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0009-8655
Making Thinking Visible: Writing in the Center
Nicolini, Mary B.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v80 n2 p66-69 Nov-Dec 2006
In this article, the author describes Penn High School's writing center, a technology-supported writing classroom which began in July 1994. The Penn writing center operates as a true "center"--a place for students and teachers, technology and talk, thinking and writing to come together. Every day, more than 200 students visit the writing center, where they use writing and technology to make their thinking visible. Thirteen of Penn's 28 English teachers are National Writing Project teacher consultants, which assures a strong understanding of writing process theory. In the writing center, they put this theory into practice. While the best-known quality of a writing center may be conducting one-to-one conferences with student writers, the writing center at Penn, with a population of more than 3,000 students and 180 faculty members, was conceived as a place to use technology to facilitate writing across the curriculum. Using technology in a writing-process classroom allows teachers to get out of the way and let students compose. While the one-on-one conversation with a student about his or her writing is perhaps the strongest method for improving writing, in a school of 3000, technology is used to reach more writers while still focusing on the key components of the writing process. The technology-supported writing center at Penn is a place for students to construct knowledge, to collaborate, to connect. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana