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High School Connections 2010

PCCC Writing Connection
- seminars for high school teachers     

The Writing Initiative at Passaic County Community College fosters connections with area high schools and other colleges. With a commitment to promoting writing across the curriculum, we offer  small-group seminar sessions for high school teachers in all disciplines.

Research shows that writing is most effective when used to encourage critical thinking within content areas. The feedback that students receive on their writing increases student learning, improves their attitudes towards writing, and heightens their confidence in their writing ability.

How do teachers capture the attention of a visual, online, Net Generation of students in a time of fragmented instruction, high-stakes testing and the social and economic tensions?  

Two sessions were held during the summer of 2010 at the Writing Center on the Paterson campus. Attendees received a stipend of $500 for attendance at the two days and completion of the activities, and also received professional development hours for their participation.

We discussed strategies to address these concerns and shared approaches and tools that the participants have found effective.

The Writing Initiative at PCCC works with faculty across disciplines to create varied opportunities in writing-to-learn rather than the traditional learning-to-write approach that might apply only to the English classroom. We incorporate technology, from advanced features in Microsoft Word to online tools.

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