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Deep Thinking & the Critical Friend

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I am most partial to this model for its use in promoting discussion and deep thinking before drawing conclusions. As a Christian educator, there are plenty of topics and issues where the conclusions are drawn before deep thinking can happen because discussions can so quickly escalate. It is a good thing for a person to know why she believes what she believes, and how it governs her decision making process. Breaking a buzz topic down into the steps you lay out can cause the adults and even some teens I teach to fully consider the many sides and even possible exceptions to an issue before drawing conclusions like an open-and-shut book. For the purpose of writing a corporate opinion, or even a personal manifesto, the critical friend may be the most important part of this process to emphasize the importance of communicating a message. Sometimes a person does not know how she comes across when communicating a view, especially when it's a strong opinion. Thank you for this information! I've got to pass it on and consider how to implement.

Learning Facilitator from Grand Island, Nebraska

Interesting!

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Often I felt the same way about debating as you stated in your introduction when I taught 5th grade for four years. This approach you have shared sounds incredibly interesting. One thought I am having is does this seem to take longer to get through the writing process due to debating. Or once the students get the hang of it do they get through the debates more quickly. As a Learning Facilitator I work with teachers often to plan, co-teach, or model lessons. This is an idea I will have to share with them!

Collaborative writing

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Collaborative writing for a purpose is a key motivator to students and as you say, having it published. I have been working with students on a collaborative writing project that has performed way beyond our expectations. The students wrote a fan fiction novel based on the popular Hunger Games series of books. The students collaboratively planned, wrote and published a 15 000 word e book. The teachers, the parents and the principal of the school were amazed at the engagement, the quality of writing and most importantly of all, the dramatic increase in reading. Reading for these Year 8 students, even the boys has suddenly become cool. You can read about the project here: http://dakinane.com/blog/x_post/hunger-games-update---fuel-to-the-fire-0... writing really works, every class should do it and not just with the students in their class, but with students beyond the classroom, the Internet facilitates this and I am always looking for more collaborative writing opportunities. Please contact me if you are interested in persuing this.

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