Writing Essentials: Raising Expectations and Results While Simplifying Teaching.
In this engaging and accessible text, the author demonstrates that she hears teachers' questions and understands their frustration. As a longtime teacher, writer, and literacy coach, Regie Routman's work not only resonates with voices from the field, but also responds to them in a way that is appropriate for the challenges of today's classrooms. Routman suggests that in order to be successful teachers of writing, we must focus on the writers rather than on the actual writing; that is, we must keep in mind that the goal is to help children develop the skills and habits of mind common to successful writers, not just to teach groups of students to respond to the standardized prompts and procedures that have, all too often, come to represent writing instruction. To this end, the author believes that less is more. Rather than shifting attention to each programmatic twist that comes along, she urges teachers to concentrate on the true essentials of teaching writing. By streamlining processes and keeping things simple, Routman suggests that teachers will be able to meet high academic standards while employing pedagogical methods that are purposeful, effective, and joyful.
As the title implies, Writing Essentials is a book that is both focused and practical. Readers will appreciate the classroom stories, lists of tips, and student writing samples that are liberally sprinkled throughout the text. Best of all, they will appreciate the empathic and knowledgeable approach taken by the author, who acknowledges teachers' heavy workloads and advocates for pedagogy that is effective in terms of strategy and doable in terms of time management. A fine choice for language arts methods classes, this book will be an asset to both practicing and prospective teachers. Reviewed by Patricia A. Crawford, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Central Florida, Orlando.
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|Author:||Crawford, Patricia A.|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||Dec 22, 2005|
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