Writing teachers need to be readers.
Everybody knows that.
But what must they read? And why should they read it?
What writing teachers tend to read
If you look at lists of what writing teachers are reading (or at least what those on Twitter say they are reading), the titles tend to fall into three categories:
- nonfiction books about “soft skills” for educational settings
- nonfiction books related to writing and literacy
What I read
Labor Day weekend, I moved the stack of nonfiction books I read over the summer from the coffee table to the bookcase in the back room. (The fiction was already scattered in three rooms and on digital devices.)
When I looked at the titles, I realized (not for the first time) that I am not normal.
There’s one title about writing I read because writing is the subject I teach.
Two history books about World War I were on my list because I’m re-reading novels of the Great War era for my book review blog.
Two titles are about the American dream in today’s economy.
Two titles are about the importance of social relationships for those who want to sell good or ideas.
Two books are on principles of communicating so people get it.
The final book is a book about logotypes, “words and letters that are designed to be recognized.”
Why these particular books?
I read things that interest me, either because I am interested in a topic or because looking for ways I can use my students’ vocational interests to help them learn to write.
Getting outside of my knowledge base upsets my standard thought patterns that I can see ideas I’d never have noticed if they were wrapped in a book on something I know about.
What about you?
What nonfiction do you read?
And why do you read it?
If you need any suggestions, I’ll be happy to give you some suggestions.