We featured lesson ideas to improve student engagement and encourage better writing practices with the following classroom activities in the first and second part of our Summer Learning Lesson Ideas series.
Summer is the perfect time to re-tool or refresh content and revamp approaches to better improve student learning, so this month, we’ve provided more creative and fun lesson ideas for students that add an extra instructional punch to promote feedback or teach plagiarism. Let us know what you think and how you can take what we’ve created and build on it!
Students’ Views of Turnitin as a Learning Tool for Proper Citation, Feedback Provision and Writing Skills Improvement
We’re fortunate enough to have great relationships with the educators who use Turnitin, but we don’t have as many opportunities to engage with the people we are ultimately trying to help the most -- the learners. That’s why we surveyed students to find out what they think about the value of writing, originality and feedback, and then also to ask them their opinions about Turnitin. The results were encouraging and quite positive.
Classroom practices blog by Marina Amador, a high school teacher and Turnitin Certified Trainer
My first exposure to turnitin.com was a crash course in how to login and a brief description of its "plagiarism" check. I am sure there are many who can relate to this experience with turnitin or some other instructional fad that is suddenly our new best friend.
Educator blog by Dawn Birch, STEAM English teacher at Metro Tech High School
As I have used Turnitin.com through my years teaching in high schools, universities, and graduate schools, I have come to rely upon it with obsession. Here are those lessons in a succinct list.
Last month, we featured lesson ideas to improve student engagement in classroom activities in the following areas: online research, plagiarism and feedback. You can revisit the first part of our Summer Learning: Lesson Ideas series in case you missed it.
This month, we’ve provided some lesson ideas around encouraging better writing practices Summer is the perfect time to re-tool or refresh content and revamp approaches to better improve student learning, so let us know what you think and how you can take what we’ve created and build on it.
Summer is the perfect time to re-tool or refresh content and revamp approaches to better improve student learning. Over the next three months, we will feature nine new lesson ideas that you can implement in the classroom in the Fall, three each month. These lesson suggestions are designed to help you engage students and encourage better writing practices.
Student engagement blog by Jackie Harbach, Student Intervention Coordinator at Alpha Omega Academy
The path toward our eventual “Originality Factor Week” sprang from my own frustrations as to how I could help students realize the importance of academic honesty. At the time I was our school’s academic integrity “go-to”. Although we had academic integrity policies in place and teachers were constantly working with students on proper techniques to avoid plagiarism it was still evident that more could and needed to be done.
Guest classroom practices blog post written by Tony Russell, English Professor at Central Oregon Community College
It’s uncanny how often I’m asked, “Do you catch a lot of plagiarists?” I suppose it’s my lot in life as a writing instructor. I mean, I imagine that police officers tire of being asked, “Do you write a lot of tickets?” Nevertheless, what is so unsettling to me is the enthusiasm with which I’m asked if I “catch a lot of plagiarists.”
Guest classroom practices blog post written by Alan Reid, an Assistant Professor of First-Year Writing and Instructional Technologies at Coastal Carolina University
As Assistant Professor of First-Year Writing & Instructional Technologies, motivating undergraduates to effectively peer review student writing can be challenging at times. Although there is an introspective usefulness in being exposed to the work of peers, this is often overlooked by students with the shortsighted view that the assignment is only another grade value and nothing more. In my experience, this difficulty in executing a valuable peer review activity stems from two student misconceptions: (1) that there is no benefit to reviewing someone else’s work, and (2) that peer feedback is useless.
Institution-wide adoption strategies blog by Cindy Freed, English Dept. Chair at Pinellas Park High School
As previously stated in my first blog, the motivation to further the agenda of a grassroots effort takes initiative. With the Common Core Standards firmly in place, and teachers having to adapt their instructional methods and curriculum materials to meet the expectations of the new assessments that will measure the standards, I came to the realization that all content areas in our district would benefit from Turnitin’s resources to improving writing skills across the district.
- Highlights from Plagiarism Education Week 2015
- Starting Grassroots Initiatives at Your School
- 2015 All-Stars
- Q&A on Changing Culture to Promote Integrity: Why Progress Is Possible
- Q&A on Improvisation and Plagiarism: Fostering a Culture of Integrity
- Make an Impact with Class Stats
- Becoming a Better Chess Player
- What Students Say About Turnitin
- Improving skills and increasing employability
- Student QuickMark Competitions