Renew!: Become a Better and More Authentic Writing Teacher

Renew!: Become a Better and More Authentic Writing Teacher

by Shawna Coppola

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Relax and enjoy an afternoon’s reflection on how to break out of rigid prescriptions and orthodoxies that limit writing instruction . . . .
Tom Newkirk, from the Foreword
When was the last time you shook up your writing instruction? Shawna Coppola’s new book is built on the premise that our students are ever-changing, and so is our global landscape. There’s nothing inherently wrong with relying on instructional strategies that have worked in the past, Shawna challenges writing teachers to revise and renew their professional practice regularly.
By looking at whether a practice matches students’ needs and interests and examining whether it fits into what we know about children and learning and then adjusting our teaching accordingly, we can nurture students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and risk takers in the writing classroom and beyond.
Shawna uses a framework of Rethinking, Revising, and Renewing to examine the most pervasive educational practices in writing instruction and to help ask the questions necessary in order to revise those practices so that they are effective for all students. She describes why it’s vital to engage in this challenging work and goes on to examine some of the most ubiquitous practices, including what it means to write, the tools used to teach writing, and how writing is assessed. She also offers ideas for how teachers can nurture their own writing lives and thus reinvigorate their instructional practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625311047
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 113
Product dimensions: 6.01(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 13 Years

About the Author

Shawna Coppola has taught in public schools for over sixteen years. She currently works as a K–6 literacy specialist in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, and teaches courses and seminars through the NH Literacy Institutes as well as University of New Hampshire’s Professional Development & Training Program. She is a firm believer in the power and wisdom of children of all ages and is grateful for the lessons they teach her on a daily basis.

Table of Contents

Foreword Thomas Newkirk ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Why It's important to Continually Rethink, Revise, & Renew Our Practice as Teachers of Writers 7

Chapter 2 Renew How We Teach Writing Process 19

Chapter 3 Renew What It Means to "Write" 37

Chapter 4 Renew the Tools We Use to Teach Our Student Writers 55

Chapter 5 Renew How We Assess & Evaluate Student Writing 71

Chapter 6 Renew Our Role as Teachers of Writers 87

Afterword 103

References 105

Index 109

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