Quips from Jeff Anderson

Today I listened to Jeff Anderson speak. (Tomorrow I’ll be part of a study group he’s leading and watch him model in classrooms.) He is the author of Mechanically Inclined and Everyday Editing and he is brilliant when it comes to teaching kids to understand grammar. Not to mention, he’s an exceptional presenter. So today’s post is going to be a collection of notes I jotted. Please note, these are Jeff’s words, not mine. 🙂

  • If kids aren’t re-reading their papers, then they haven’t found the value in it & we need to teach it.
  • If I’m doing something in my classroom that isn’t making my students better writers, I shouldn’t be doing it.
  • Are we training kids to be linguists or are we teaching them to be better writers?
  • We have a visual generation in our classrooms and we must tap into this reality. (This was in reference to anchor charts and providing a “visual scaffold” for sentence patterns.)
  • Why would we teach something about writing that isn’t true? (ie: Never start a sentence with and or because.)

And perhaps my favorite:

  • Correcting errors is not teaching.

If you’ve not picked up one of his books, you may want to check them out via the links above. They are partially available online so you can preview them to see if you’re interested.