"Good learners, like everyone else, are living, squirming, questioning, perceiving, fearing, loving, and languaging nervous systems, but they are good learners precisely because they believe and do certain things that less effective learners do not believe and do." -Postman and Weingartner (31)
Thoughtful tuning-in, considering the assigned texts in light of practice.
First of all I would like to say that I have practiced this technique since early high school and I can honestly say it works! However, I never had these analytical works in front of me to help me understand exactly what it was I was doing. So, I want to address what I found important in the two articles first before I dive into how they impacted my proofreading. From Fulwiler’s view, we develop our spoken, day to day language our entire life. We also develop what he calls a “writer’s voice” that develops along with our normal voice as soon as we learn how to write coherent sentences. He goes on to say that, through English instructors, we can be brainwashed into thinking that its all about commas and fragments and verb usage and blah blah blah, but its more than that! It can be just as much about learning what persona to take on…
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