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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Kelly Sassi: Writing on Demand

I am very lucky to have worked with Ms. Kelly Sassi on units of study for the new MME/ACT test in Michigan for Oakland Schools. She kindly let me follow her around to get a taste of what it is like to be a famous author and presenter at NCTE. I truly admire Kelly's commitment to good writing, even in the face of tremendous pressure from high stakes testing initiatives. Kelly reiterates what we all know as practitioners of writing: preparing students to write for the state test requires the writing process, revision, multiple genres, etc. Writing for an on-demand writing task is only one of the genres available to us as learners. Listen to our podcast for an interesting discussion on these issues and the ethical concerns that are raised in this high-stakes environment.


Blogger Nobis said...

I attended an NWP session on how sites are helping districts deal with state mandates & testing. They started the session by asking us to list in table groups the various mandates we see. It was a bit depressing to realize that every single state struggles severely with these demands and take time away from instruction.

So how do sites help districts? It pretty much came down to this: Lots and lots of in-service work to encourage more writing in various genres, including writing on demand.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for that pendulum swing to take us away from the high stakes environment.

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