Creative Teaching & Learning

From Superficiality to Well-Reasoned Arguments: Learning to Explain

Students who can explain their ideas have a much more powerful ability to reason and argue a point, but how do you teach someone how to become a better explainer? Chris Curtis highlights some ways his school has leveraged writing and oracy tasks to increase the complexity of their writing.

Exploring Explanation 

We live in a fast world and it has become a natural expectation that good things arrive quickly, whether it be food, clothes or entertainment. There is no surprise that students think that this translates to their own writing and reading. We see this in the frustration students have with books, because the engagement isn’t always instantaneous, unlike in a film where music, lighting, special effects are working to enthral a viewer the second they start to watch. Students want quick answers and this translates to giving quick answers in their work. 

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