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Introducing Teachers’ Writing Groups
Exploring the theory and practice





ISBN 9781138797437
Published November 25, 2015 by Routledge
150 Pages

 
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Book Description

Teachers’ writing groups have a significantly positive impact on pupils and their writing. This timely text explains the importance of teachers’ writing groups and how they have evolved. It outlines clearly and accessibly how teachers can set up their own highly effective writing groups.

In this practical and informative book, the authors:

  • share the thinking and practice that is embodied by teachers’ writing groups
  • provide practical support for teachers running a group or wishing to write for themselves in order to inform their practice
  • cover major themes such as: the relationship between writing teachers and the teaching of writing; writing as process and pleasure; writing and reflective practice; writing journals and the writing workshop.

The authors provide a rationale for the development of writing groups for teachers and for ways of approaching writing that support adult and child writers and this rationale informs the ideas for writing throughout the book. All writing and teaching suggestions have been extensively tried and tested by class teachers, and will be of enormous interest to any teacher or student teacher wishing to run their own successful writing group.

Table of Contents

1. Why Teachers’ Writing Groups?  2. Teachers’ Writing Groups: a brief history  3. Approaching Writing and Writing Teachers  4. Composing  5. Writing Histories  6. Setting up a Teachers’ Writing Group  7. Notebooks  8. Responding  9. Writing in Different Spaces  10. Reading into Writing and Back Again  11. Reflecting on writing  12. Our Own Writing: what do teachers write?  13. Reflecting on Teaching  14. Establishing children’s writing groups  15. Observations and Encounters with Children Writing  16. Making Assessments of Writing  17. Writing Groups – from community to classroom and from classroom to community  18. What’s in it for my School?  19. Afterword  20. Books and Websites

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Biography

Jenifer Smith is Senior Lecturer in Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia, UK.

Simon Wrigley is a  retired English Adviser (Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire) and former Chair of the National Association for the Teaching of English, UK.