Inspired by past educators, Aida Hadzovic has built a reputation for innovative teaching strategies for English. Hadzovic earned a degree in English education and later pursued a science degree in part because of the demand for science teachers in Brooklyn, New York. Her diverse background in teaching writing, science and coding positioned her well to participate in the Project Topeka pilot, a multifaceted AI program that gave real-time feedback to students to support the development of argumentative writing skills. Recently, EdSurge spoke to Hadzovic about her experiences using AI in her instructional practices in middle school English classes.
EdSurge: How did using AI tools in your classroom change your approach to teaching writing?
Hadzovic: At first, to be honest, I was hesitant. Like many teachers, I wasn’t sure about using AI in my teaching. However, I think it has been a game-changer in terms of how I approach writing and teaching. I now tell students that the writing experience is not as much about the final product but rather the journey. Project Topeka has helped me as a teacher to educate students about the importance of revision. Through this writing process, they can have their own epiphanies.
I also use AI to create sample writings. Then I have students decipher whether the sample is accurate. They break it down and determine whether the evidence is reliable, reasonable and relevant. This helps them practice the writing and revision process and understand that there are sometimes errors in AI tools.
In what ways have you used AI tools to personalize instruction for students?