David Cutler reports:
"To teach effective writing, we must be effective writers ourselves. We can't teach what we don't know, and when it comes to writing, it's important to continue honing our craft. If you haven't engaged in much formal writing since college, you will remain a less effective writing teacher...Reading is important, but reading alone isn't enough to strengthen your writing skills, or to make you a credible authority on the subject...No matter what you teach, share your written work...[I]t's essential for students to recognize not only your skill, but also your interest and engagement in constantly refining a crucial life skill...No matter what you teach, write in front of students...Create workshop environments, with multiple stations focusing on different aspects of writing...Urge students to share their work with each other and online. Few writers have ever improved by keeping their work to themselves...In an increasingly flat world and a digital age, students must feel comfortable and confident about sharing their work for the whole world to see. To that end, teachers should help students produce appropriate, high-quality content...[T]eachers must do whatever they can to convey the importance and usefulness of writing more effectively...From science, math, engineering, law, history, and journalism to anything else one can think of, the ability to express oneself clearly in writing is absolutely essential."
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