Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!

Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown

My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather

Saturday, December 31, 2011

What do writers really need to know?

I often ask myself this question as a writer, teacher, and role model to my eighth grade students. It is hard to know what to teach students about writing, as it can be such a revealing personal endeavor. A focus on writing, however, is SO needed for students to build on their levels of self-expression, fluency, creativity, and imaginations. 

Perhaps this book that has recently been published will offer some much-needed answers and advice:

10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know

By Jeff Anderson

Whether writing a blog entry or a high-stakes test essay, fiction or nonfiction, short story or argumentation, students need to know certain things in order to write effectively. In 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, Jeff Anderson focuses on developing the concepts and application of ten essential aspects of good writing—motion, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter.

Throughout the book, Jeff provides dozens of model texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that bring alive the ten things every writer needs to know.

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