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Anna C.
Pre-service English Language Arts teacher (K-12) and recent graduate
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Writing
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Question:

What are some good transition words to use in essay-writing?

Anna C.
Answer:

Transitioning is essential to your reader; it helps them get from point a to point b. There are lots of ways to transition from paragraph to paragraph. Here's an exhaustive list of logical transitioning: think words like- first, after, then, further, moreover, however, in example, above all, in addition, similarly, regrettably, in conclusion, to sum up, to take a closer look, ironically, even so, etc. There's also transitioning from sentence to sentence, and thought to thought. Think of transitions as a strategy to leave a map for the reader to process and understand the argument... Take a closer look, for example, at what I've written so far. I start with a topic sentence and end with a thought - "There are lots of ways to transition from paragraph to paragraph"- that leads into my NEXT paragraph, where I give examples. This is transitioning - it's LEADING from one point to the next. Then, after that, I highlight another angle to look at by signaling with the word ALSO in, "There's also transitioning from sentence to sentence..." Do you see how transitioning can be an art form, leadership? It's about connecting the previous idea to the next. The more experienced you get with transitions, the easier it will be to maintain coherence and order in essay-writing.

English
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Question:

What is the difference between tone and atmosphere?

Anna C.
Answer:

Great question. The two are often confused. The main difference is: Tone has to do with the AUTHOR. Atmosphere has to do with the AUDIENCE. In example, the tone is the author's attitude towards a work, thus established through their word choice and diction to develop it. An author who is not a fan, for example, of technology, might write a dystopian fiction where privacy violations occur often. The author's tone would be fearful, ominous, in opposition. The author then would create at ATMOSPHERE to affect the readers or audience. The atmosphere is established through the details of setting and language in the novel. It's how words make THE AUDIENCE feel; not how the author feels about the core subject. The atmosphere could be described as oppressive, frightful, or hopeless if we are still reading the dystopian fiction. SO remember that while both deal with mood/attitude, TONE refers to AUTHOR attitude, and ATMOSPHERE refers to the textual effect on the audience.

Education
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Question:

I am looking to develop and explain my philosophy of education. What kinds of angles should I consider including?

Anna C.
Answer:

Hello! Your philosophy of education is where you as a dedicated professional combine both the theoretical and practical knowledge you've pursued in education with your general attitude towards methods you seek to engage students with in the classroom. This means you should be considering both a) theory you've studied, such as Bloom's taxonomy, or a specific educational writer you enjoy, like Robert Marzano and b) what you've seen in the classroom working. There are many areas to take into consideration, and it depends on what is important to your heart as an educator - how much weight do you give, for example, to planning, or classroom management? To help prioritize and think about aspects you find important enough to write about, here's a limited list: Planning Instructional strategies (specific to your subject area) Engagement Classroom Management Discipline "Why Teaching Matters" Parent/Teacher/Student Relationships Theory Technology in Use Assessment Environment Rapport Remember, choose to highlight areas of importance to YOURSELF as an educator, and make an assessment about how you would go about enacting strategies or theory in regards to those areas in your ideal class space.

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