Sunday, May 8, 2011
9 Rights Of Every Writer_Chapter 5 & 7
Chapters 5 and 7 address the balance between providing time in the classroom for students to experience the drafting process and providing meaningful feedback via quality assessments. Spandel proposes that if we write ourselves, we will better understand the nature of writing and therefore be authentic teachers of writing for our students.
When we write we know how hard it is to get the right personal slant on a topic. We know how hard it is to get going, when everything in our brains is searching for reasons and ways to procrastinate. We know that as writing unfolds, it moves in unexpected directions, inviting us down trails we didn't know we'd be exploring. We know that serious revision requires us to read our work aloud, more than once. When we write, we see in our own drafts the same problems we recognize in our students' writing: underdeveloped ideas, erratic organization, miscue leads that fill a reader's head with expectations we as writers will never fulfill, tired language, stiff, pretentious, I'm-out-to-impress-you writing, and more. At the very lease this is, or ought to be, humbling. At the very least, it ought to help us figure out what writers need- and therefore what we ought to teach. (p. 105)
This summer you will be given the gift of time to engage authentically as a writer. You will be asked to bravely put forth your own writing before your colleagues and peers in a Writing Response Group where you will receive feedback on how you can grow and stretch as a writer. This act requires both vulnerability and humility. It is something we ask of our students on a daily basis.
In considering this opportunity to be in a Writing Response Group feel free to write to some of these inquiry questions below- or as always- respond in your own way to the chapters this week:
Where do you intend to push yourself as a writer?
What are both your successes and struggles as a writer?
What topics and/or genres do you want to explore?
What are your hopes and fears about being in a WRG?