One of my favourite books on the craft of writing is Stephen King's On Writing. Not only is he interesting and quote-worthy, but he just gives a lot of solid advice.
One of my favourites is his explanation of his writing process. He writes out that first draft quickly, puts it in a drawer and let it mellow before he returns to it. I wish I had known this in high school & university. Often I was tired of my essay after all that time, so I reviewed it a few times after the first draft and handed it in. If I had been organized enough and had done this one simple act, I could have written better, seen the holes in my arguments and found those grammar mistakes that my brain auto-corrected for me.
I decided I would try this with my Grade 7s.
In a routine interview with a parent last week, we found out that a great student was being harassed in-class and potentially over social media due to a break-up in a group project.
We talked to the parent to see if we could get some evidence of the social media piece. She couldn't for a couple of valid reasons but one was that the posts disappear over time and are entirely anonymous. She mentioned a newish social media app entitled Yik Yak, so I looked into it.
The point of the App is to have a direct feed of all the people on Yik Yak who are in a 1.5 mile radius around you and as the advertisements say, there are, "No profiles, no passwords, it's all anonymous."
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I'm a Teacher Librarian and Grade 7 Language Teacher.
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