What Are the Benefits for Educators?

 

Writing-to-Learn:

  • Encourages students to become active learners and provides them with opportunities to explain on paper their thinking about a topic or key question

 

  • Increases teaching effectiveness by providing immediate feedback about how lessons have been received by students

 

  • Offers opportunities for participation of all students, leading to richer discussions

  • Involves teacher and student in an exchange of ideas

  • Extends opportunities to introduce disciplinary-specific ways of learning and knowing (e.g. lab reports, mathematical proofs, thesis-driven arguments, informative texts, personal narratives, etc.)

 

  • Motivates students to be prepared for class

  • Provides a window into the thinking of all students, particularly those who may be uncomfortable speaking in class

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