10-second review: The assignment—what have you learned about teaching writing? The answers? Ask students to reflect on your writing assignments. Teach them how to write—i.e., the steps in the writing process. Write along with the students.
Title: “Teacher to Teacher.” T Baechtold; B. Blaisdell; J Domuricki. English Journal (September 2004), 21-22. A publication of the National Council of Teaches of English (NCTE).
Quote: “I don’t know what to write.” “I hate writing.” “How long does it have to be?” “Is this for a grade?” “Do we have to do this?” “…by listening carefully to what the students were saying…by hearing their complaints about topics…I have come to better understand how hard it was for them to write.” p. 21. T. Baechtold.
Paraphrasing Tolstoy on teaching writing: give wide choice of topics; tell them how long and suggest the initial steps in writing. pp. 21-22. B Blaisdell.
Quote: “Now, when I teach students about writing, I can honestly share my frustrations and victories with them.” p. 22. J Domuracki.
Comment: Have students attach a sheet with reflections on the writing assignment and how they completed it. Teach the writing process: brainstorm topic; thesis; first draft with topic sentences and final, summary paragraph; introduction; revising and editing. Submit articles to professional publications. RayS.