Top Ten Quotes to Remember When Teaching Writingsrmultigenre Teaching writing can be as difficult as learning to write. Fortunately, there is plenty of insight and research to help teachers achieve their goal. This Top Ten list highlights the best quotes gathered from Peter Elbow's "Teaching Thinking by Teaching Writing," Janet Emig's "Writing as a Mode of Learning," and Art Young's "Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum."
The Top Ten
Often, students are given writing assignments as busywork. As much as the students do not want to complete it, teachers may not want to grade it. It is essential to assign only writing prompts that both students and teachers look forward to.
In is common for teachers to tell students to think carefully about what they are going to write about and begin an outline. However, Elbow suggests that it is best to just begin with what comes to mind first, and the rest will come later.
The reason students should begin the writing process with mindless writing is because when they begin to think carefully, they think too much and may end up writing things they do not believe in or understand.
The ability to read properly does not equate the ability to write properly. Each requires it's own kind of practice.
Because of standards and predetermined lesson plans, it can be difficult for teachers to teach. It is the job of educators to use their agency and create the changes necessary to do what is best for the students.
While it is important to begin our writing process with first order thinking, it is equally important to follow it with second order thinking.
Outlines are second order thinking; it is best to precede outlining with first order thinking.
"My agenda for the beginning of a semester is always to enforce generating and brainstorming and the deferral of criticism in order to build students' confidence and show them that they can quickly learn to come up with a great quantity of words and ideas." Elbow, 40
When students experience the value of first order thinking and creativity they will look forward to writing assignments.