Monday, May 22, 2017

APA & MLA

So for those of you that don't know, I am in my 7th year of college. Yes! I am CRAZY, but I just love learning and I always want to learn more or try something new.

I completed my first degree (BS in Special Education & Elementary Education) in 4 years and got a job teaching 6th grade math. Two days after I walked across the stage at graduation, I began my Masters program (MA in Educational Technology). Two years later, I donned that lovely gown and crossed the stage once more (my dad is BIG on us walking at graduation). A masters still wasn't enough, so this past fall I began work on a Specialist degree in Educational Technology. So here I am in my 7th year of school. 

Anyways, one thing that I learned pretty quickly in college was how important it was to know not only how to write a paper, but how to format one. Of course your professors expect that you already know how to write in APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian (who decided how to name these crazy formats anyways?). Well if you are anything like me, one of your teachers touched on these formats in high school, and you never really practiced much past that. 

Now your grade depends on your ability to not only write a paper, but write a paper that if formatted and cited correctly. So I created cheat sheets for teaching about APA and MLA format that are easy to use and explain to students. I had something similar to this that a professor gave me in college and it saved so much time. 

I also discovered sites like EasyBib, Citation Machine , and Purdue OWL that helped me with citing my sources. 

Hopefully this equips you to teach this topic in a new light. Your students will thank you later {trust me!}. 
-Hilary 

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