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L. Michelle Baker
Works at Corporate Writing Pro
Attended The Catholic University of America
Lives in WV
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It makes me feel better to know that English teachers are not the only ones who are bothered by poor grammar. Language teachers everywhere, unite!
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<?s bet for your  english grammar (the poor one ya ) suchs if there're oneself avalaible for.  English is a rich and the mostly speaking language on the world and I like to be sharing new words-slangs every days.
take care dear
joan 
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Hey teacher / scientist friends. I'm preparing to teach a class called Argument for Scientists. Here's the definition of "argument" that I'm proposing. Can you please help me poke holes in it before the class does? Thanks! "Argument – a type of writing in which the author takes a position about which it is possible for reasonable people to disagree and for which the author then proceeds to outline the evidence and rationale in such a way as to persuade the reader to agree with the author’s position."
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DO NOT MISS this Slideshare Presentation! If you're writing as a team, this information will prove invaluable - Enjoy!
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Hi  +L. Michelle Baker !
You did a really good job and also a great project for teaching everyone how to work together as a team.
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The Departments of State, Interior, and Education FAILED to write plainly in 2014. **Note: State and Interior failed to voluntarily submit documents for the report. Documents submitted by the Department of Education were deemed unclear. Do you see any surprises here?
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Introverted? Capitalize on your strengths by writing in ways that feel natural. And learn how extroverts can channel their conversational and interpersonal energies into writing tasks.
2014 was the Year of the Introvert. It seems like every time I turned around there was another podcast, book, or infographic published about how many introverts are in the workplace, how powerful their untapped potential is, and how much better the world would be if we could teach leaders and ...
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Start 2015 with a little professional development. Pamper yourself with the luxury that a professional organization can offer.
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Teacher peeps: had a thought today - feel free to steal it. I need to put an adult classroom into groups. I'm going to put commonly confused words like affect/effect on index cards using different colors. And I'll either use the colors or the alphabet or a mixture of both throughout the week to divvy up the class. 
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Thanks for the laugh Frank. I needed that this morning. And thank you for the pic. I gave you credit when I first posted it :)
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Have you found team writing exhilarating or challenging? Let me know, and check out these common obstacles to writing as a team. #teamwriting
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Who remembers using index cards to write a research paper? That system was awesome! And it’s nearly impossible to reproduce in today’s word processing programs. So in today’s blog post, I’m sharing the four reasons index cards ROCK and showing how you can do something similar using today’s software. Enjoy!
When I was I high school (and I'm not telling you how many years – decades? – ago that was), I learned to write research papers using note cards. We bought a big metal ring and used a single-hole punch on the upper left hand corner of a pack of 3×5 index cards. Voilà!
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Thanks for sharing this - awesome. Very helpful! Btw, has Microsoft added the search tags feature yet? Please, keep us posted!
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Thanks Viktor for the info - stay tuned for a blog post re same.
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“The first draft of anything is shit.” ― Ernest Hemingway And if that doesn't give you hope, I don't know what else will :)
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“The first draft of anything is shit.” ― Ernest Hemingway And if that doesn't give you hope, I don't know what else will :)
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Writing Trainer, Coach & Consultant
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Teaching, Coaching, Training, Writing Training, Curriculum Design, Instruction, Writing Instruction, Editing, Proofreading, Copyediting, Document Design, Document Production
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  • Corporate Writing Pro
    Writing Trainer, Coach, & Consultant, present
    Corporate Writing Pro is a training company designed to help government biologists write more clearly. For more information and a course catalog, please visit http://corporatewritingpro.com
  • The Catholic University of America
    Teaching Assistant--English, 2000 - 2007
    As a teaching assistant at the Catholic University, I taught, with full responsibility, courses ranging from introductory English Composition to third-year Advanced Composition.
  • Shepherd University
    Adjunct Faculty--English, 2001 - 2009
    As an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at Shepherd University, I taught, with full responsibility, all of the following: ENG 101 - Written English I ENG 102 - Writing in the Arts & Humanities ENG 208 - World Literature I - Classical to Renaissance ENG 209 - World Literature II - Enlightenment to Postmodern I participated in several learning communities with Music, Library Science, and Psychology, as well as leading first year experience courses. I am especially proud of the World Literature, special topics course I designed, Descent to the Underworld, which I taught alone and in a learning community with Introduction to the Graphic Novel.
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WV
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Martinsburg - Harpers Ferry
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304 283 4573
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Because communication is key!
Introduction
Hi - this is Michelle Baker, the Corporate Writing Pro. I founded my training company in 2009 to help government biologists write more clearly. I mostly work  with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, but I've also helped folks with USDA-APHIS, NOAA, USGS, and NPS, and I'd love to see that list expand. 

I also enjoy coaching writers privately. I've helped a couple of people write their dissertations and earn their PhDs, which is very exciting. And I'm helping a few more achieve the lifelong dream of writing a book. 

All of this is made possible courtesy of the rigorous education I received as a graduate student at the Catholic University of America (thank you Dr. Wright, Dr. Mack, Dr. McKenna, Bob Mahony, Joe Sendry, and especially Virgil Nemoianu - I am forever in your debt!). I worked hard to earn my PhD, and I'm grateful to pay that forward.

One of the several ways I survived as a grad student was by transcribing - so in 2013, I founded Transcription-Transformation, Trans2 for short. We are mothers, fathers, students, and entrepreneurs who love language. We create beautiful manuscripts while earning the freedom to educate ourselves, care for our families, and serve our communities. You can learn more about our work at http://trans-2.com

 Thanks for reading. Now try writing something - because communication is key!
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