Last night, on Facebook, Mary Howard and Travis Crowder asked me to consider the following question: "At what point are students taught to write well?" I decided to post my response to this question (with a few revisions) on my blog.
First, I love the challenge of contemplating this question. And I'm sure I'll have more to add as I keep reflecting on it. I did my dissertation work in a pre-kindergarten classroom. Sixteen four-year-olds gathered together, day-after-day, and wrote. What did their brilliant teacher do to encourage this? The teacher:
So: "When are students taught to write well?"
Students are taught to write well the minute they step into a teacher's classroom where these conditions are fundamental rights for the writer.
About the Author
Brian Kissel is an Associate Professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His focus is writing instruction. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Hattie and three kiddos: Charlie, Ben, and Harriet.