Teaching Writers not Writing

“Teach the writer and not the writing. Our decisions must be guided by what might help this writer rather than what might help this writing.”
-Lucy Calkins

What does this quote mean to you?

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2 thoughts on “Teaching Writers not Writing

  1. Every writer is an individual with individual needs. One student may know how to use dialogue well and might need more guidance with voice, while another student might need guidance with how to incorporate dialogue effectively yet has voice naturally.

  2. That’s so true, Robin. Teachers who get to know their students as writers are able to provide the encouragement and feedback for them to continually improve.

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