Writing for Authentic Audiences #1: Class Open Mic

Click here for link to Slide Deck: Open Mic Protocol Student writers need to write for real audiences. They simply write better when it’s for someone besides the teacher. I tried to avoid this truth for many years. I have valid reasons for my denial. Having students write for authentic audiences can be challenging. First, I have to find […]

Teaching Writing or Teaching to the Test?

Curtis Sittenfild’s confessional article “Those Who Can’t Teach” in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine made me think about what it means to teach writing. Sittenfild, author of the novel Sisterland, describes an experience she had as a volunteer tutor when she tried–unsuccessfully–to help someone pass the English section of the G.E.D. Exam. When Sittenfild moved away, […]