Teaching the Teacher

Teaching the Teacher
A Teacher's Guide to Cultivating Lifelong Writing Skills

I enjoyed the assignment this week due to my past work in editing. As a teacher’s assistant, way back in my youth, I organized and remediated information so students could better grasp and be more engaged in the assignment. My assigned professor approached teaching in the traditional way, however as technology advances, changes must be made to account for needed user engagement, accessibility, and adaptability.

My Rationale

I am remediating an article by Melissa Morrison published in June 2023: Teaching Writing in Elementary School | Edutopia. I searched through a few articles and settled on this one due to its length, as well as its topic of choice. As a writer, my interest peaked at a very early age and was nurtured and watered by my wonderful grade-school teachers. This adolescent age is an integral period; not only biologically but also educationally. Students’ interests and strengths are burgeoning at this time and remediating a topic that will help ease the fear of writing for some students is worth the effort. Although the information is understandable, remediating and updating the article will yield better translate to this new digital world.

Understanding the Student's Needs

The Process

I chose to go with a power point due to its inert accessibility quality.  The article itself is verbose, so I condensed the key points to better teach students how to write and transferred those points into a clear and concise presentation. In addition to updating the format, I was able to find many sources to further bolster the content. Four Strategies for Effective Writing Instruction (Opinion) (edweek.org) was a great source of additional helpful tips for teachers, as well as Rubrics | Center for Teaching & Learning (berkeley.edu) which demonstrates the best way to create fun rubrics and other tools to assist organizing the lesson plan and focus of the writing.

User-Engagement

The primary point of remediation is to update and better adapt information to be more accessible and user-friendly to the reader. The discourse community of teachers is a great place to start as teaching students can be a daunting task. Especially students who have always had a phone, accessed information at lightning speed and move on to new information just as quickly. With this challenge in mind, I made changes to better adapt to our technology driven youth.

Firstly, it is important to understand interactive elements are needed; not only to provide accurate information, but to also keep the user’s attention. Along with filtering and condensing important information, adding interactive links to more helpful and relevant information will increase user-engagement and understanding. By including art, images and links to the document, its information is more accessible, easier to read and should alleviate some of the stress our hard-working teachers are under already.

Overall

I enjoyed working on this project and learning more on the process of remediating. What I found most interesting is we have all been remediating and unaware of it. The process of reviewing, revising, and updating an older form of information and updating that information into a new more modern user-friendly medium has always been needed to move the next generation forward.

Remediation Product

Link: A Teacher's Guide to Cultivating Lifelong Writing Skills

Kynndra Watson

Kynndra Watson

Macon, ga