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Crowdsourcing the Muddiest Point in a Large Lecture Bio Class

What is endosymbiotic theory? How does the flipase enzyme affect molecules in the cell membrane? How do you distinguish between saturated and unsaturated chains? How will two amino acids interact in a folded protein? Where do cell membranes come from? Students in Biology 350 Cell Biology at San Francisco State University wholeheartedly agreed that these […]

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Start with How and Why

Start your Eli Review course by explaining why peer feedback matters and how to give helpful feedback.  This video shows how to load from Eli’s task library a write-review-revise cycle that exposes students to multiple reasons for why peer learning helps them practice making effective revision decisions. Use it as a low-stakes activity for students […]

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Peer Learning Leads to Impressive Gains on ACT

It’s rare to see impressive gains year-over-year on standardized tests. Cohorts of students can be quite different; learning is gradual; and assessments focus on a narrow set of issues. But from 2014-2015, we saw big changes in one classroom with regard to writing for the ACT, and these gains are truly impressive: all but one […]

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Teaching Feedback Changes How High School Students Talk to Each Other About Writing

For the past two years, several high school teachers have been teaching writing differently. Through the Statewide Writing Research Project, 30 teacher-researchers and 1,400 students in the Oakland ISD have been working with Michigan State’s WIDE program to answer one question: “How do we teach effective writing and revision?” As part of their on-going action […]

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Evidence-Based Teaching: Where You Look Matters

Melissa Meeks is the Director of Professional Development for Drawbridge, Eli Review’s parent company. In this post, she reflects on how she recently stepped back into teaching and what she’s learned about tracking engagement by taking an evidence-based approach. Primed to be an Evidence-Based Teacher of Writing I remember where I was the first time […]

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