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Using the term “boot camp” to describe a teaching experience suggests something perhaps not so pleasant—what’s the classroom equivalent of crawling through mud under barbed wire? But teaching a focused bootcamp can be a lot of fun, and it’s actually a nice break from the norm. Students gain a great deal by an intense focus on difficult skills, and you will learn a lot about their strengths and weaknesses in a specific area.
I have used this format for working on AP essays, SAT essays, and personal essays, but I imagine that it could apply to lab reports, history essays, or any kind of challenging but important skill. Yes, it’s also a lot of work—for everyone. But by following a few suggestions, you can lessen the burden.