Blog Post 2: Reflection

I am currently in the middle of writing a reflection paper, drawing from my own writing experience, the interviews, and the outside sources on the teaching of writing. I’m realizing that this topic, the teaching of writing, is such a huge topic. There is no definite formula to teach writing—only some rough guidelines, hewed from years of experience. Good writers don’t always make good teachers, for often good writers have never actually learned to write—writing came natural from a past of reading. The teachers of writing I have spoken to were often natural writers: they had to relearn how to write in order to teach others how to write. Half of teaching somebody to write isn’t even about putting words on the page—it is instilling in someone confidence and showing someone that she has a voice that is unique among the multitudes. A big part of writing is reading. Another large part is the desire to write—is somebody’s only goal is to get the grade, true writing development often doesn’t happen.

Blog Post 1: Interviews

I’ve successfully interviewed a community college writing professor, a high school English teacher, a writing instructor for an online college, and the Writing Center Director at the University of Minnesota.They tended to emphasize writing as a relational process, the value of failing, the concept of authentic communication, and the development of an individual voice. I recorded all of these interviews, and am in the process of transcribing them. All of my interviewees recommended books on the teaching of writing: next up is reading those books, to enrich and supplement the interviews. The interviews, combined with the books, will provide the foundation for a summary paper, in which I’ll examine the aspects of teaching writing and reflect on my own writing experiences.