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One of the interesting thngis that I have found as an 8th grade LA/LIT teacher is that many teachers are not comfortable with embracing writing as a process of learning for themselves. It can be very challenging for a teacher to help a student get over a writing hump if they have never had a writing obstacle of their own. I think that one of the first goals our schools should have when considering the role of writing in their districts is to emphasize the importance of teaching their teachers just what writing is all about (and I’m not advocating the Mechanics/Grammar over-emphasis!) Also, the role of writing in our schools is changing look at me! I’m on a discussion board (and so on ). Educators have to be willing to look at writing from the world their students are writing in.
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