Wednesday, April 27, 2011
9 Rights Of Every Writer_Chapter 3 & 4
In Chapters 3 & 4 Spandel firmly establishes her beliefs about the rights of a "student writer" in the classroom to deviate off from assigned prompts/topics and to personalize the writing process in a way that makes sense for their writing style.
Writers need a classroom culture that supports writing, a culture in which everyone, including the teacher, is part of a writing community. They need a supportive environment in which they feel safe. Safe to try new things, to share their writing, to take risks, and to feel free from the compulsive need for perfection. (p. 41)
Our attitude should be, "If you can come up with a better idea (and oh, how we hope you can), go for it." It's arrogant to assume that we can come up with better topics for our student writers than they can think up for themselves. And even if we could, they need the opportunity to seek out those personal topics, for that is one cornerstone of good writing. (p. 31)
As an educator what strengths & challenges do you face in establishing a writing community that honors "student writers"? And in the truest spirit of these two chapters - feel free to deviate from this scripted "prompt" because as Spandel puts it best ...writers do not wander off topic, but rather onto their real topics. (p. 35)