Every so often, it is good to stop and think about why we do what we do. At Two Writing Teachers, the co-authors and I recently revisited our Mission Statement and updated it to reflect our most current beliefs about this blog and the teaching of writing. It states:
Two Writing Teachers is a cooperative blog that unites a community of teachers through the practice of writing while inspiring and guiding the teaching of a writing workshop approach. It is our hope teachers will create and lead robust writing workshops, which will aid in the development of engaged and literate citizens.
Ideas are free when they are free-flowing. We want to make the most of our ideas with words from our hearts and our process as writers, teachers, and believers. This is why we do not accept advertising, affiliate with advertisers, or receive profits from our work here at Two Writing Teachers. Please see our disclosure policy for more information.
We believe teachers who teach writing should write, not out of obligation or duty, but rather out of the knowledge that strong teachers of writing are effective when they live the life they expect of their students. Therefore, we encourage and inspire educators to teach writing and to write alongside their students. We affirm that writers need a community to share their work and receive feedback. Our Slice of Life Story Challenge is a place to cultivate and grow a community of educators as writers. Everyone is welcome.
Encouraging the idea of teachers-as-writers is one we cherish and promote through Slice of Life Story Challenge. Creating a safe environment for educators to collectively share and engage in conversations about our writing lives is the kind of energy we wish to continue to propel across the globe.
In these complicated and often unsettling times, at Two Writing Teachers we are committed to this mission. We are passionate about developing engaged and literate citizens who will use writing to create a better world. We are grateful for the community of educators who have made Two Writing Teachers part of their professional lives. We invite all educators to join us.