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Inspired Writers?

Tonight I’m giving a presentation entitled:  Inspiring Writers.  I chose this title a month ago because I knew it was general enough to cover anything I may want to discuss.  For the past few weeks I’ve been struggling with this presentation.  Simply, what do I want to tell these teachers?  How, in an hour, can I impact their writing instruction for the better?  How does one inspire writers?  These questions have been haunting me for weeks. 

And then the main idea of my presentation finally hit me:  In order to inspire writers, teachers must be writers themselves.  That is the catch.  In the classrooms where students are engaged, active, happy writers, they are being guided by an engaged, active, happy writer. 

Check back later, I plan to have the presentation posted here. 

Until then, happy teaching; happy writing.

Ruth Ayres View All

Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.

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  1. Would you take piano lessons from someone who didn’t actually play the piano? It is the same for teaching writing.

    I can’t think of anything more powerful to do than to allow your students to see you commit to the same challenges they face as writers. Writing with your students makes you credible as a teacher of writing.

    You instantly become a partner in the learning journey. Like these young writers you will understand the challenge of the blank page. Sit among them and write! Write in front of them. Share your writing thoughts and ideas. Think aloud about writing and watch them take up writing challenges with renewed conviction. This is the only way to create a sense of community in the classroom. Celebrate together those constant triumphs, no matter how small they may appear to be.


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