Teaching writing is not for wimps.

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

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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.

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