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Leaving Only Footprints

posted: 9.11.06 by Barclay Barrios

Students often want to sell back their textbooks, which makes them hesitant to write in them. Challenge students to develop a system for personalizing their handbooks that leaves them unmarked. You might suggest they use sticky notes or paper clips in different colors, with each color serving a different purpose: red for their most common errors, blue for things to check when working on a draft, green for tools they use in revision. Form students into small groups and have each group bring to the next class a system for “leaving only footprints” in the textbook while making it easy for each student to find the sections she or he needs.

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