I am participating in the 20 Day Blogging Challenge created by Kelly Hines and this is my first post. The Day One challenge is to share a favorite book and my favorite book to share with other teachers and use for my education classes is Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider because this book reinforces my message about how writing should be taught and why so many people struggle with the transformation to writer. The book is wonderful for teachers as it supports our National Writing Project focus of making teachers writers “The Writer Alone” section but also offers lots of practical advice about writing workshop that is wonderful for creating a community of writers in your school (with other teachers) or in your classroom. In addition, the book has a number of great writing exercises that you can use or adapt for any group of writers.
I believe strongly in the power of the writing workshop to develop writers in every classroom. Our National Writing Project site works with teachers across content areas and grade levels to create writing workshops. This semester I am helping instructors at Morehead State University create writing workshops in law and geology classes as well as First Year Seminar sections using comic books to teach critical thinking. Some of these classes will create long papers while others will focus on blogging. Writing workshop has no limits and is not just for English class. Read “You Can’t Teach the Writing Process: How to Make Writers by Showing Not Telling” for more information about NWP writing workshop methods.