Writing teachers need to be risk-takers.
It is risky for writing teachers:
- to believe all students will learn to write competently when every English teacher in the faculty room says it can’t be done
- to believe that they can get all students to write competently when veteran teachers don’t even attempt it
- to stick to their plan when a third of the way through the course there’s no sign that the plan is working
But remember this: The students sitting in our classrooms are also taking a risk by:
- believing us when we say they can write competently
- believing we can teach them to write when all their teachers in all previous grades couldn’t
- doing their work when though a third of the way through the course there’s no sign that they are becoming competent writers
This material is excerpted from The Writing Teacher’s ABCs, © 2015 Linda G. Aragoni. You can read more about qualifications for teaching writing in chapter Q of the book, which is available in three different digital formats at LeanPub.