Bits and bobs

“The newcomers” by Helen Thorpe

I am grateful that my paths came across that book, which full title sounds like “The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom”. In a few words it’s a brand new (published November, 2017 – just a few months ago) set of stories of our disturbed world. Stories of teenagers who had… Read More “The newcomers” by Helen Thorpe

Being a better teacher

How to assess writing (if all other systems seem to fail)

FToday I have finished reading a great book “Genre, Text, Grammar: Technologies for Teaching and Assessing Writing” written by Megan Watkins and Peter Knapp (2005). It suggests a very elegant way of teaching and assessing any kinds of texts from the genre position. As each genre has its specific features of texts, it can be a good… Read More How to assess writing (if all other systems seem to fail)