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Friday, August 15th, 2003

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Peer-Teaching Writing
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/14/technology/circuits/14peer.html (free registration required) describes writing students learning from feedback from their classmates. They post their essays online or circulate them some other way, get feedback from their classmates (oh, and maybe the teacher) and then rewrite it until it's good enough. The biggest problem they have is that a 50-minute class period isn't enough time to do a good job.

I think this might be a really good tool for homeschoolers--they could set up mailing lists or even some type of LJ community and trade feedback. The teachers might be unhappy, though.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Toddler as Coquette
Maggie's mastery of flirtation and coyness amaze me. It was bad enough when she started playing hard-to-get when Daddy asks for a kiss: No, but I'll let you kiss my cheek. I was left standing there wondering "how did she learn that? I thought girls had to join sororities to learn all those tricks."

Today we were letting her have a run-around in the mall. I was sitting on one of those back-to-back benches when another baby popped up and I said "hi" to her. Maggie immediately rushed over, climbed up on the bench, gave me a hug and laid her head against my chest, then stood up and started making friends with the other baby. Had to mark her territory first: This is my Daddy.

Current Mood: amused
@#$% Politicians
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Current Mood: annoyed

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