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The Socratic Method

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The Socratic Method—questions and answers It all goes back to Socrates. The Socratic Method is a form of inquiry and debate among individuals with opposing viewpoints based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking. Eh? In other words, it’s a way to come to a conclusion by tossing out commonly held truths or thoughts that shape opinions and analyzing them to determine if they fit with the conclusions. Grammar can feel very Socratic. And not necessarily in a good way, which is too bad. The thing with grammar, at least the thing that most of us should be...

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Get a Clue!

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Teaching Grammar. Or Not.

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Grammar has always been the unwanted stepchild of Language Arts. Very few will argue that it has a place and even a necessity, but somewhere along the way, certainly in the past twenty or thirty years it has gained a possibly undeserved but nevertheless  earned reputation: Grammar is boring! All those rules and rigid Along came diagramming. Again not a terrible idea, certainly it’s one way to dissect a perfectly innocent sentence. What it can hardly be accused of is fun. Certainly not approachable by your average student. Absolutely not a great way to instill the true purpose of grammar:...

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Get Them Writing with Grammar Punk

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A Word With You

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an⋅te⋅di⋅lu⋅vi⋅an   –adjective 1. of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen. 7, 8.   2. very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive: antediluvian ideas. –noun 3. a person who lived before the Flood.   4. a very old or old-fashioned person or thing. Origin: 1640–50; ante- + L dīluvi(um) a flood, deluge + -an This is a word that is not often used in everyday conversation. And really should be. It’s a useful little word, that in and of itself is the very definition of old. But how much more effective is antediluvian than just...

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