Over the past week we’ve had the honor of hosting posts from school leaders including principals, superintendents, curriculum coordinators, supervisors, and directors. Their posts brought a different perspective to our community here at Two Writing Teachers and we thank them for that.
Our children are not all the same. Nor should their art be, nor their writing.
Our district’s mission is to give voice and choice to our learners. Teachers frequently incorporate technology into writing workshop, in order to differentiate approaches to writing, to add depth to informational and argumentative writing, and to support conferencing with writers. As an administrator, I have found this to be a huge benefit to both our writing instruction, and to achieving the district mission.
Test writing is a genre and has a specific audience and our students are better prepared to meet the demands of the genre when we teach into it.
Leaders must model the same passion for learning that we expect teachers to model for students. Leaders build relationships, they get to know their team, and they encourage passion.
Finding a way to actively model the things that we want for our teachers, students, families, and community members helps move everything forward…but most of all, it really makes you a better you.
Only by being immersed as writing teacher do you truly know what it’s like—which is why, if I were in charge of the world, I’d want every administrator to spend some time as a writing teacher. It is the only way to know how to support the people who are doing it every day. Oh, the things they would learn!