Mission 1: Three Things I learned & How I Plan to Apply Them
- “Teachers should use the digital setting to encourage students to rhetorically and metacognitively analyze their own learning/writing processes and progress” (Warnock 166). This quote drove home the idea that the digital space is uniquely suited for documenting progress because everything is uploaded and saved. A student can easily access the documents that they and others have written with a simple click. I have used metacognition before in all of my courses, but I really like this idea that in an online setting, the students will have more access to what they wrote as well as what others have written. Paper does not really allow this unless students make multiple copies, but even so, they usually pass them out and each student gets a copy. In the future, I think that I can design an assignment that asks the students to reflect on how the discussion boards contributed to their thought process in terms of their papers.
- “Through these types of practices [message boards about research strategies], we rip through the silence surrounding many student writing practices. Rather than just learning ‘best practices’ from me…they see strategies their peers use…the asynchronicity and lack of face-to-face immediacy seem to provide opportunities for students to have deep online conversations that might fall flat onsite” (Warnock 169). I know that sometimes, I will assign a free write where students reflect on their process. They think, pair, and share, but this online approach can offer strategies that allow the student more chances of metacognition because they can be in the specific writing environments that they normally write in while they are composing their responses about how they approach the research process. I imagine a student writer looking around the desk and thinking about the physical space and how they might use the area around them as they write their papers. For example, they might have a pile of books in the corner of their desk or a series of PDF Files open all at once on their desktop. Allowing writers to work in the space as they are writing about that space seems so valuable.
- In Syrnyk’s article, here is a section from the conversation with a tutor:
Timothy Johnson: that’s encouraging
Christopher Syrnyk: that’s what I think we need to do
Christopher Syrnyk: also remember to focus on the writer as a person
Christopher Syrnyk: and not as a text-producing machine
Christopher Syrnyk: like a Turing creation on holiday
I was noticing the patterns from Syrnyk as he wrote. Timothy would write one line, but then Christopher would write four separate responses. This strategy in his instant messaging was really interesting because it was fragmented. Each section is not capitalized like a start to a sentence, but the lowercases are used to show that it is a thought process that is continuous. I usually think that I need to model effective language, but this way of speaking allows the discussion to feel more informal. I like how it creates a tone of “and then and then and then” that shows an interest and excitement beyond the words. I want to use this strategy in online conferences with students to allow them to feel that they can interrupt or participate, but it also allows me to add thoughts as I’m thinking them.
Mission 2: Please don't laugh :) I haven't used Prezi since it came out about 7 or 8 years ago or so. If you can believe it, this rough one took me several attempts over the last few days.