Monthly Archives: February 2011

Lessons in Paragraph Writing with an old friend

For most text types, students need to master the art of paragraph writing. My favourite and most effective way to teach this is by using the ‘upside down traffic light.’ Green for Go : Your topic sentence that everything else … Continue reading

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I have started responding to comments people have made about my blog entries. Each time I make a comment, there is a little picture next to my name – almost like an ID badge. I hopped onto to upload … Continue reading

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Senior son has a “PERSONAL IDENTITY” project to complete now to help him think about his own sense of identity. Section A is titled, “What’s in a name?” and so I was quizzed as to how we, his wise and … Continue reading

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The Homework Battle

Aha – my title caught your eye because you find yourself assuming the commander position in this minefield (circle the correct option here:) never/occasionally/more than occasionally/sometimes/way too often/every day/I need a good glass of red so I can handle the … Continue reading

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