Sky View Middle School boasts a large facility in the Boston area suburb of Leominster, Massachusetts. Typical of many suburban schools, Caucasian students make up a majority of the school population, at about 55 percent. Hispanic students represent 30 percent and approximately half of the students come from a low-income background. 40 percent are English language learners.
Up until recently, no one had systematically studied the role of educators and how exactly they promoted learning. Certainly, experts have been theorizing about the practice of instruction for centuries. The Socratic Method dates back to ancient Greece. The apprenticeship model goes back to medieval Europe. The Han Dynasty in China may have pioneered a high-stakes testing approach to schooling--it offered the first civil service exam.
An experiment took place some years ago at an all-girls school in New York City. It was an old Catholic school, with some crucifixes hanging from the walls, looking somber and stern. The girls were in their first two years of high school, teenagers wearing polo shirts and pleated skirts, and the young women would later receive a little gift for agreeing to enroll in the study.
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Not long ago, teacher Tatiyana Webb witnessed a “perfect” moment of elaboration in the classroom, and so she went with it.
How To Write An Op-ed
There’s a formula that we call the “ABCs” that can be used to write compelling op-eds, columns, or blogs. The same formula can also be used to write almost any document that offers up an argument or gives advice. This is a “news flash lede,” a comment which will make sense in a moment.
The ABC Formula
This formula for writing op-eds is based on our experience and our op-eds that appeared in the New York Times,the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. I first came across a version of this formula while I was at US News and World Report. It was called “FLUCK,” and we have tweaked it a bit since then.
This is probably obvious, but this ABC formula is meant to guide writers rather than restrict them. In other words, these are recommendations, not a rigid set of instructions.
Better yet, think of the formula as a flexible template for making an effective argument in print—one that you personalize with your specific style, topic and intended audience in mind.
This guide is divided into five parts.
Part I: Introduction: In this section, we give a brief overview of the approach and discuss the importance of writing and opinion.
Part II: The ABCs: Here we cover the important steps in writing for your audience: Attention, Billboard and Context.
PART III: The ABCS in Example: In this section we give you different examples of the ABC’s in action and how to effectively use them.
PART IV: Pitching: Here we will go over how to effectively pitch ideas and submit ideas to an editor for publication.
PART V: Final tips and FAQs: Here we go over a few more key things to do and answer the most commonly asked questions.
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