Browsing Archive: January, 2019

Embracing Failure; Not Just a Lesson for My Students

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Sunday, January 20, 2019, In : Vital 
I like a failure in the classroom - not in the newsroom. In college you try, fail, learn, repeat. Fail in college instead of failing out there.
 
Over the years I've created controlled-failure scenarios — lessons explicitly designed for a high failure rate. Yes, I manipulate failure for motivational reasons. From these scenarios students can learn from failure, acknowledge problems and improve the process for the next time. The majority of my students initially hate the lesson, but when it's ...

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Freewrite for students initial thoughts on a class

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, In : Vibrant 

It’s not hard to write, right? We all know words. We're not all sure what order to put words in sometimes. Writing, that’s easy. Editing, that’s hard. I’m trying to polish this very write with elegance.


This semester, I’m teaching media writing. Student will write, a lot. Did I mention they’ll write, a lot? For many, it’s their first opportunity with a media-focused curriculum. I want to know what they’re thinking before we got started. So, if had them write about it. I asked t...


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