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It’s Good — Let’s Make It Great

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    Alexis Margolin

Jessica Lander, a high school teacher and recent Harvard Graduate School of Education alum recently made the case for encouraging a classroom culture that embraces revisions as a road to excellent work. Her piece, published in Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education focuses on how iterations and multiple drafts can pave the way to a great final product.

I have found few guides to teaching the process of editing. There are wonderfully lyrical books on writing, like “Several Short Sentences About Writing” by Verlyn Klinkenborg, but, for practical, classroom-ready tools, I turn to the ideas of Ron Berger, the chief academic officer for the Expeditionary Learning Schools Network.

Berger believes that craftsmanship cultivates student confidence. “Students know they are capable of great things when they see themselves create great work,” he told me.

Read the full Usable Knowledge piece here.