Thursday, September 24, 2015
I received an email from NoRedInk today asking me to endorse their product for an upcoming meeting that I assume involved funding. Here's what I wrote:
To Whom It May Concern,
NoRedInk is an invaluable tool for teaching grammar. To be frank students hate studying grammar. They find it painful, tedious, and somewhat obsolete. I know better; understanding grammar helps their writing, understanding of the English language, and even their understanding of other languages. Given that for most of my students English is their second, third or even fourth language, understanding the concepts offered by NoRedInk is critical to their development and achievement. There are a few specific items offered by NoRedInk from which the students benefit and enjoy.
1. The assignment and reference components which allow them to self assess and repeat the lesson if necessary.
2. The feedback that I receive that allows me to decide how much more instruction they need as a class and individually.
3. The personalized nature of the assignments that feature their favorite t.v. shows, characters, etc. It allows them to personally connect with the grammar which helps them remember the concepts.
There is more to say, but I'm actually on maternity leave. However, this program is so valuable that I wanted to contribute.
English and History Teacher