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What Pre-Service Teachers Really Need to Know About Teaching Writing

What ALL Teachers Really Need to Know About Teaching Writing:
WRITE.
Simple yet complex. Honest and important. How can we really teach anything if we do not practice the craft of it ourselves?

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One of my colleagues invited me to teach his Theory & Practice of Teaching Writing course last week. This is a required methods course for pre-service teachers.

I wasn’t sure what the class had been doing or what would be most beneficial to them, so I started things off by asking them to write down their burning question about teaching writing. This is what they asked me:

  • What is the most effective way to create a creative environment for writing in your classroom?
  • How difficult is it really to get a class of high schoolers to actually try writing?
  • Should we correct their writing or will their confidence be shattered?
  • How do I teach all the components of writing effectively to all my students?
  • How do you find a balance between teaching proper writing and allowing students to find satisfaction in the process?
  • How do I actually teach my students to…

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