January 5, 2007

Expanding Writing's Role in Learning

Expanding Writing's Role in Learning

Rick Allen discusses the importance of building a community of writing teachers like that found in the National Writing Project.

This quote from the National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges caught my attention:

"As a nation we can barely begin to imagine how powerful K-16 education might be if writing were put in its proper focus. Facility with writing opens students up to the pleasure of exercising their minds in ways that grinding on facts, details, and information never will. More than a way of knowing, writing is an act of discovery."

I'm a dedicated ed-tech believer... mainly because writing with technology (and all it implies) seems to me to be the best path to critical thinking and discovery. I think you'll find Allen's article thought provoking.

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