Digital Writing for English Language learners looks at practical ways educators can implement the use of technology in their English and Language Arts classroom for English Language Learners. The book provides a variety of classroom activities and assignments that can be completed with English Language Learners using social media and other digital writing tools. The … Continue reading Book: Digital Writing for English Language Learners
This post was originally published on The Writing Project. Introduce your Subject: If you are discussing a story, textbook, article, or a person, you need to introduce and mention the name of the subject and source. For example, "In the book, 'Of Mice and Men' the theme of loneliness is prominent to our understanding of … Continue reading Writing Tips
This post was originally published on Edutopia. When Advancement Placement and The National Writing Project surveyed teachers regarding social media use in the classroom, they found that 78% agree (26% strongly agree) that digital technologies “encourage student creativity and personal expression”. Digital tools of course give access to social media, which is a powerful outlet … Continue reading How to Use Social Media to Strengthen Student Writing
There is no question or doubt that social media is impacting students’ communication in and out of the classroom. However, it’s up to us to make sure that this impact has positive implications. As an English teacher, I love using tools that my students use to show them a different way of using it. Not … Continue reading Storytelling with Instagram
Blogging in the beginning was a reflective tool, one to share thoughts and ideas while teaching, outside the classroom, or in a conversation. Many see blogging in this way, as a self-reflective tool. Instinctually, blogging is a self-centred act. It usually centres around the self and attempts to amplify the voice of the writer. Here's … Continue reading Blogging as a self-reflective tool is overrated!
My interview with Doug Peterson. On HigherEd, #EduColor & more!
Doug: Thanks for agreeing to do this interview, Rusul. You’re another person that I’ve never met in person so I’ll skip my normal first question. We met on Twitter, right?
Rusul: Indeed we did. You started following me through a list of Ontario Educators.
Doug: OK, confession time here. I love your writing but I suspect that I miss a great deal of it since you publish in many places other than your blog. Where can we find the complete works of Rusul?
Rusul: My own website: www.rusulalrubail.com Actually, I will be launching a new website soon, hopefully with the same address, and I am really looking forward to it! I try to cross post everything on my personal website, but often forget or don’t have the time. I also write on Medium.com, Edutopia, Teaching Tolerance, PBSNewshour, and Education Week.
Doug: One of my favourite posts appeared over the summer…
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Blogging to me is an art form, it cannot be prescribed. There is no right or wrong formula when it comes to blogging, and that is the first step that a beginner blogger should realize to maintain its aesthetic feel of authenticity, subjectivity, and stream of consciousness. However, there are a few things that I … Continue reading Blogging Tips 101: A beginner’s guide
My latest post is on Teaching Tolerance. Last year, I took a big risk by including blogging as part of the curriculum for my first-year college English course. Around half of my students were English language learners (ELLs), and I wasn’t sure that they would be comfortable with this medium. (Read about blogging in my … Continue reading Empowering English Language Learners with Digital Stories
Here's my debut for Teaching Tolerance: Blogging and the Immigrant Experience. When I teach my adult English language learners, I often tell them my story of arriving to Canada and learning a new language at the age of 11. They feel very inspired and motivated that one day they will be able to communicate easily … Continue reading Blogging and the Immigrant Experience