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Greg McVerry

@jennfrey Part of me though has been questioning whether argumentation as the highest form of discourse is one of many Original sins of Western Civ...Like what if our entire schooling was built on idea that "reflection" and "listening: mattered mroe

Greg McVerry

Questions About the "Case Study" #edu506

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When enough students ask you for clarification you realize that your assignment description needs improvement.

This is happening with the "case study" assignment in . I put case study in quotes because the assignment does not reflect our shared definition of a case study. My original error was calling a thing the wrong thing.

Instead of a case study where you are given a situation to consider, compare, or solve, students in will do a collaborative essay.

Why A Collaborative Essay

  • Research based methods for improving writing
  • Prepare you to teach through inquiry in elementary classrooms
  • Increase social presence in an online classroom

Research Based Writing Instruction

While it is based on research among older students the lesson of Writing Next ring true in elementary school (just as the best teaching in pre-school works in college).

The meta-analysis, a type of research that synthesizes multiple empirical studies, found eleven strategies that improve writing. Among the recommendations: collaborative essays and using the writing process.

The assignment, where you are writing two different essays ask you to consider to questions:

  • Should we focus on content knowledge or comprehension strategy instruction?
  • Should we level books in our classroom libraries and curriculum?

By working together on this essay you will gain practice and create evidence of growth around the ability to integrate multiple sources, use sources from class and optionally supplement these with your research, and present a well organized argument.

You will submit an essay around 450-500 words for each inquiry questions.

Prepare You Teach Through Inquiry

When teachers assign oprojects they often neglect students on the process of completing the inquiry process. As future elementary teachers you need to know how to teach through inquiry and how to teach argumentative writing. This assignment builds in opportunities to practice both. You will develop a plan to complete the assignment. Create a rubric to assess your writing, and finally reflect on the process. These are the same steps you will need to use as a teacher.

Develop a Plan

In terms of developing a plan and a schedule start at the due date 2020-03-17 and work backwards. Look at the tasks to be completed and choose a date for each. Develop a communication plan (face to face, phone Blackboard) and agree on a workflow (will you use Google docs, Office, etc).

Make a rubric

Then make the rubric. Look at the writing standards for fifth grade, specifically those focused on knowledge integration and argumentation. Choose 3-4 skills and develop them into criteria. Set what you think would be goal on each criterion.

Reflect on Process

You also need to create opportunities for students to reflect on their learning in order for learning to occur. Reflecting on writing and the inquiry process helps you grow.

Increase Social Presence

As we have discussed success in online classes takes your cognitive presence and social presence. I want us to use the group studies to focus on our social presence. Online learning does not mean learning alone. Stay in contact with each other, agree on a plan, and stick to the goals.

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

We aren't post-truth. That's BS. Driven to win. That all that matters. Folks aren't stupid. They know the truth. Just willing to throw it under the rug for the win.

It ain't medias fault. Argumentation as knowledge is a fuck up of Western Civilization.

Greg McVerry

consider emphasis on Argumentation inwestern tradition a fatal paternalistic flaw in humanism and empiricism, but work in tworld we live. Here is Theory of Change for IES grant on how we look at it as a dicsourse

Greg McVerry

This is a theory of change I have been working on for an IES grant: Would work for my pedagogical goals if you replaced argumentation with reflection. The patriarchy was cemented when knowledge got defined as pathos, logos, and ethos

Greg McVerry

New theory of change for the IES grant, if you dropped argumentation and replaced it with reflection would be an ideal model for classrooms

Greg McVerry

Agency, Argumentation, and Blogging

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Calls to bridge cognitive and social practices when teaching Argumentation. (Reznitskaya & Anderson, 2002) developed Argument Schema Theory. Beach and What's their name (year) called for an integration (cite that). We continue this effort by building our theory of change on the concept of argumentation as discourse.

Argumentation as Discourse

Teaching students the norms of academic writing remains one of the most consistent challenges for teachers of the English language arts. The earliest comprehensive studies of writing instruction at the high school level suggested that most students were taught highly formulaic structures for producing academic argument (Applebee & Langer, 2013, Hillocks, 1986), and that trend has remained consistent over time (Applebee and Langer, Newell et al., 2015). Teaching and learning academic argument, especially in middle and high school settings, often is reduced to formulaic essay structures. In fact, Newell et al’s work (dervied from an IES grant project) suggests that

To clarify: what counts as argumentative writing, indeed what counts as argumentation more generally, is not a given. It is not something that just exists. It is instead a set of social practices deeply embedded in our everyday lives and the social institutions in which we all participate. It is socially constructed through and exists only through teaching and learning (Newell 1)

It is this set of socially constructed teaching practices related to argument writing that we aim to upend by providing students with a domain of their own to write, give and receive feedback, and critically evaluate outside web sources when creating their own arguments.

Writer Efficacy, Agency, and Identity




Dialogical Discourse

double talk

Community of Writers

community is essential to process writing (Applebee & Langer, 2013; Graham, Fitzgerald, Friedrich, Greene, Kim, & Booth Olson, 2016; Graham, & Perin, 2007; NCTE, 2016; Troia & Olinghouse, 2013; Zemelmann, & Daniels, 1988). Moreover, in writing communities outside of school, community drives all learning (Winn). We believe we have to intentionally design hybrid writing spaces that traverse both the classroom and the lived digital lives of our youth. This study seeks to understand t

Integrating Empirical Research into Phase One

Operationalizing Empirical Research in Phase One

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

crowd need help. Trying to suggest a better way to teach argumentation online is to first give students the space to write about themselves. How can you know how truth is made online until you make your own? Know any supporting research?


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