On the FLTEACH list serv there was a discussion on how to use textivate. I use it to prepare my students to write and spell.
So I made a free powerpoint for folks to download and see how I use it.
If it helps your students to want to read, write, and spell, why not?
Below is the info from the first and last slides.
I believe textivate teaches my Spanish 1 students how to read, spell and write.
It compels them to distinguish minor points.
In the past I would painstakingly correct papers, that they would barely glance at, except for the grade, and then toss it.
Then I would circle the mistake and they would just badger the smartest person or put it in the internet.
I really never learned how to motivate this text-writing generation to want to learn the finer points of writing until textivate.
I start with reading and then it spills over into writing.
The purpose of doing this is to prepare them for writing. You can also use it to teach memorizing.
In our building, every level one student reads a version of “Poor Ann” and must write a summary in the TL about the story.
The complication comes that many of my seventh and ninth graders haven’t been trained on the finer points of summary versus detail. So as we read, we pick out sentences and evaluate them as to if they are summary sentences or sentences with details.
Then I create a paragraph that summarizes and textivate it so that they can get into the flow of the paragraph and writing the finer points of adjective agreement and verb endings.
I’ll go through the textivate webpage and show you what my students do in the computer lab.
(We don’t have 1:1) Then the students are ready to write their own summary paragraphs.
I found that less students wrote in English and then used a machine to translate because they felt more confident.
I have two examples, one was practice for writing about one’s friends and the other for the Poor Anne story. Both were preparation for writing.
Textivate gets my
students to read,
Repeat enough to have the flow/feel of a paragraph
And prepares them to write their own paragraphs.