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The Difference Between Assigning Writing and Teaching Writing

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | September 6, 2022 | Comments Off on The Difference Between Assigning Writing and Teaching Writing

Dear Dr. Louis, Would you review this prompt and give me feedback?  “This week in class we talked about happiness and what things make you happy.  Reflect on those things we talked about. Then, in 5 sentences, please summarize your thoughts …

Professional Development

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | August 9, 2022 | Comments Off on Professional Development

By David Dorn                 Carl Glickman (Glickman et al., 2013 p. 234) provided a compelling mission statement to guide professional development within schools: “Education is a human enterprise. The essence of successful instruction and good schools comes from the thoughts …

The Difference Between Assigning Writing and Teaching Writing

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | June 29, 2022 | Comments Off on The Difference Between Assigning Writing and Teaching Writing

Teachers are acutely aware of the continuous pressures they undergo throughout the year as they work to cover the curriculum with young people who arrive in their classrooms with varying levels of cognitive development. Our suggestion: treat the writing part …

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Stages in the Teaching of JSWP® Academic Writing Process

By SchafferAdmin | June 6, 2022 | Comments Off on Stages in the Teaching of JSWP® Academic Writing Process

By David Dorn The Gradual Release Model, or guided instruction teaching strategy, ensures that students are supported in their acquisition of the skills and strategies necessary for successful writing. Implementing the gradual release of responsibility model requires time and careful instructional …

Cherry Blossoms Scatter

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | May 2, 2022 | Comments Off on Cherry Blossoms Scatter

By Deborah E. Louis, Ph.D. It is precisely because Cherry blossoms scatter That we find them appealing. Does anything endure for long In this world of sorrows? – “Tales of Ise” 125 Mother was sitting at her Singer sewing machine …

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THE PSYCHE AND PSYCHOLOGY OF AN AMERICAN TEACHER: A Depth Psychological Approach to American Education

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | February 26, 2022 | Comments Off on THE PSYCHE AND PSYCHOLOGY OF AN AMERICAN TEACHER: A Depth Psychological Approach to American Education

By Deborah E. Louis, Ph.D. “If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.” C.G. Jung, (Collected Works, Vol. …

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The Simple Keys to JSWP® Fidelity

By SchafferAdmin | January 31, 2022 | Comments Off on The Simple Keys to JSWP® Fidelity

For teachers and students to implement the Jane Schaffer Academic Writing Program® with a high degree of fidelity, school leadership teams, grade level professional learning communities, and individual teachers must commit to a simple but key process. The process is …

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Tangible and Intangible Standards: The Argument for Teaching Novels and Dramas

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | January 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Tangible and Intangible Standards: The Argument for Teaching Novels and Dramas

Dear Dr. Louis, I need your insight and expertise. As so much continues to shift and change in our district, we have had more and more questions about all things related to English Language Arts (ELA) and literacy. Some folks …

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Argumentation: Introduction to The Framed Thesis vs. The Open Theses

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | December 27, 2021 | Comments Off on Argumentation: Introduction to The Framed Thesis vs. The Open Theses

A thesis statement is a writer’s promise that every word the writer uses supports his or her thesis statement. In argumentation, the thesis statement is critical. When we first teach our students to write a thesis statement in an argumentative …

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The Best Laid Plans: Literary vs. Expository Prompts

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | November 1, 2021 | Comments Off on The Best Laid Plans: Literary vs. Expository Prompts

Good afternoon, Dr. Louis: Please see below a prompt that I made for our students this week on Chapter 6 from Of Mice and Men. If you have time, let me know what you think and what changes need to …