An experiment in flipping

Class time was just too limited, AMLE reports. Research suggests that teachers should systematically and explicitly teach students to craft essays, yet I struggled with finding the time to do it all: teach my students the skills necessary to write the essay, provide proper written models of the various elements, support them in fully digesting and using the writing process, and provide them opportunities to ask questions. Delivering the essential instruction on how students should link ideas, craft body paragraphs, and write clear thesis statements took up a significant chunk of my 75-minute periods, leaving students with little class time to actually engage in the essay-writing process…

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