ERIC Number: ED454543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Writing Workshop and Beginning Teachers.
Johnson, Andrew P.
This paper examines the relationship between learning to write and learning to teach. Three beginning teachers implementing writing workshop for the first time were observed over a 5-month period to see how they met with the demands of learning to teach and try innovative ideas in a school district that mandates traditional skills-based instruction. It was found that: (1) talking is an integral part of learning to write and teach; (2) skills can be successfully taught in the context of authentic writing situations; (3) student choice and autonomy seems to result in more enthusiasm for writing and fewer management issues; (4) innovative teaching ideas may be stymied by schools that mandate specific pedagogical methods or create an environment where only traditional methods are validated; and (5) the growth and development of beginning teachers can be enhanced by creating an environment where they are free to experiment, make mistakes, and engage in reflective dialogue. It concludes with five recommendations for teacher training based on the data. (Contains 21 references. An appendix contains interview questions.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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