Is Writing Best Taught F2F?

Totally Online, by Jim Shimabukuro

In “Missing the Personal Connection,” Mark Bauerlein claims that “writing is still best taught face-to-face between teacher and student.” He cites as proof the following kinds of exchanges that take place in his F2F (face to face) conferences with students:

“Look at that verb in your opening,” I say. “What do you think?”

“Passive?” student mumbles.

“How about an active verb, one that lets us drop that preposition, too?”

Student ponders, tries out a few, then we settle on a better choice.

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