ERIC Number: ED207063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Effective Composition Teachers.
To be effective, composition teachers should keep four things in mind. First, writing is as much a process as a product. To understand this, teachers must themselves write, so that they will experience the satisfaction of discovering ideas and viewpoints. Second, individual students' composing processes should be carefully identified before any intervention is attempted. This can be accomplished by talking with students and observing them while they are writing. Students will be better able to accommodate new processes, such as preparing outlines, if these are integrated with the students' existing processes. Third, effective teachers need to keep up with current research in composition and rhetorical theory. This research should, however, be considered in light of the teacher's own experience and the findings applied to the teachers' classes to test validity. Finally, effective teachers must realize that, because many professions are accessible without textbook-correct writing, they need to make something special out of the act of writing for their students. They can communicate much about writing through their classroom behavior or teaching style, and by viewing writing in a way that encourages their own continuing development and that of their students. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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