Walking Stick Blogger

A Learning Space for Literacy and English Language Learners

Academic Blogging: Developing Critical Thinking

 Fisher, 2001, Critical Thinking: An Introduction  Fisher referred to Edward Glaser ‘s list that identified  a number of critical thinking abilities: (Glaser, 2001, pg. 10).   Identify reasons and conclusions Identify and evaluate assumptions Clarify and interpret expressions and ideas Judge acceptability and credibility of claims Evaluate arguments Analyze, evaluate and produce explanations Evaluate, analyze…

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Blogging for Conative Development

Conation is defined as the “connection of knowledge and affect to behaviour. It involves the personal, intentional, plan-ful, deliberate, goal-oriented, striving component of motivation. It is proactive, and is associated with the concept of volition, or the use of will. It is a critical element in successful self-direction and self-regulation.

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Blogging and Literacy Instruction

One of the greatest challenges I have had as a literacy educator is to reconcile the teaching of the strictly academic writing curriculum with real needs of learners whose interests in academic writing are limited. The major obstacle for literacy instruction seems to be that despite curriculum guidelines that require training in formal writing, most learners don’t…

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Facilitating Mentoring Using Blogs

  First principles: Encourage learners to embrace the role of becoming personal story-tellers to tell their own stories; Empower learners to practice self-expression and build confidence to listen and speak with strong voices to self and others; Model for learners the skills required to become expert students at knowledge construction processes; Why Blogs? What are…

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High-Stakes Reflection as Performance Blogging

Path-Finding Activity: I was reviewing Lilia Efimova’s mathemagenic blog, and came across Jen Ross’ blog. Her ideas resonated with me in that I had summarized a crucial issue for student bloggers that needs to be addressed, and found many of her ideas are aligned to mine. I seek to encourage student bloggers to see the…

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