It all begins with the writing!
Every composition offered inside of The Composition JamBox begins with students thoughtfully, purposefully, and deeply writing. It is, in my firmest estimation, the centerpiece foundation, the Archimedean point, if you will, upon which all compositions must be built.
The point is non-negotiable. Strong writing leads to strong projects. Weak writing leads to weak projects. No writing leads to disastrous projects. Once your students have done all the prewriting required to produce a high-quality composition, a great many options are provided for the expression and materialization of your students’ ideas. Of course, you can always assign the classic written essay, a staple of academia for centuries-and there is nothing wrong with doing so. (In fact, inside The Composition JamBox I do treat the written essay with a sort of “first among equals” mentality.) However, other tools are also available that tap into a host of various intelligences and abilities. I’d encourage you to consider them.
Whether you want to dive deeply into the application of 21st-century skills by bringing high-tech compositions into your classroom or you seek to reach back to the scholarly days (way back into the 20th century) and ask for compositions that require no technology, yet a whole heck of a lot of critical thinking, there are a variety of options available to you ;none more “right” or “wrong” than any other.
You choose. After all, you are the captain of your classroom’s ship.
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