Motivation and engagement
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Consider how motivation impacts student engagement on writing tasks.
- Read and discuss Ten Ideas that Get Kids Writing,
- Get to know the Writing Attitude survey using the Text Rendering Protocol
Divide into 2 groups, each group taking one of the case studies (A or B). Score using the scoring sheet, and review their data from survey. Create a profile of the student. What are you able to determine about this student from the survey results? Then generate a list of instructional moves you would choose based on what you observe. Share and discuss the profile and plans with another group(s).
Implement: Have students complete the Writing Attitude survey
Before the next session: with partner(s) analyze the rest of the surveys, and discuss implications for instruction.
Optional: Read Measuring Attitude Toward Writing: A New Tool for Teachers by McKenna & Kear.
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