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Word Pairs that Repeat Themselves

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He grew by leaps and bounds. We searched every nook and cranny. You will have to pick and choose. English is replete with redundancies. There is little to no difference between leaping and bounding, nooks and crannies, picking and choosing. Some language purists advocate the elimination of all redundant expressions, but I not only disagree, I think it’s a terrible …

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What I Learned about Public Education from Subbing

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I used to be a teacher in a public high school here in Chesapeake, Virginia. This month, I went back as a substitute. Here’s the surprising thing I learned.

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What’s the Deal with Copywork and Dictation?

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Are the exercises of copywork and dictation necessary? Are they helpful? What’s the thinking behind these practices?

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Three Easy Strategies for Tying Writing to Learning

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Three simple strategies for using writing in various subjects to promote learning.

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Why You Should Never Assign a 500-Word Essay

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Assigning papers of arbitrary length reinforces bad writing habits.

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