Renew!

  • Title:Renew!: Become a Better—and More Authentic—Writing Teacher
  • Author:Shawna Coppola
  • Publication Date:May 2017
  • Grade Level:K-8
  • ISBN:9781625311047
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

When was the last time you shook up your writing instruction? Shawna Coppola’s new book is built on the premise that our students are ever-changing, and so is our global landscape. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with relying on instructional strategies that have worked in the past, Shawna challenges writing teachers to rethink and revise their practice regularly--leading to the renewal of their professional lives.

By looking at whether a practice matches students’ needs and interests and examining whether it fits into what we know about children and learning and then adjusting our teaching accordingly, we can nurture students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and risk takers in the writing classroom and beyond.

Shawna uses a framework of Rethinking, Revising, and Renewing to examine the most pervasive educational practices in writing instruction and to help ask the questions necessary in order to revise those practices so that they are effective for all students. She describes why it’s vital to engage in this challenging work and goes on to examine some of the most ubiquitous practices, including what it means to write, the tools typically used to teach writing, and how writing is often assessed. She also offers ideas for how teachers can nurture their own writing lives and thus reinvigorate their instructional practice.

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