ASCD - The Power of Audience by Steven Levy (Educational Leadership, Nov. 2008)
A thoughtful article reinforcing the importance of audience when students embark on project work.
Writing teachers know about the power of audience. When you write an essay, you have to know who your audience will be so that you can adjust your message and style accordingly. Chorus and band directors know the power of audience. Why do students work so hard practicing the same passages over and over, week after week? Because the audience is coming for the concert!
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When student work culminates in a genuine product for an authentic audience, it makes a world of difference.
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