Shelley Harwayne has been rethinking the teaching of writing ever
since she opened the Manhattan New School ten years ago. There, as
principal, she had the unique opportunity to follow her students'
growth as writers from the very first day they entered kindergarten
through graduation six years later. Now, as superintendent of her
New York City school district, Shelley continues to take a hard
look at the teaching of writing across schools and throughout the
grades, questioning what has become traditional practice.
In "Writing Through Childhood," Shelley dares us to rethink our
beliefs about how we design writing workshops, use writer's
notebooks, choose appropriate genres, teach spelling, help students
connect their reading to their writing, and even edit and publish
students' writing. Filled with stories and work samples of real
children in a diverse urban setting, the book will inspire rich
conversations in which educators ask essential questions about
their own practice, including: Does my writing workshop support the
notion that writing during childhood is different than writing as
an adult? How can I tap into the interests and attitudes young
students bring to the writing workshop? How can I approach revision
with children's sensitivities and strengths in mind? Are the genres
I've been assigning really appropriate for young writers? How can I
help young writers make deliberate and long-lasting connections to
the literature they read? How can I simplify publishing so that
children joyfully and frequently publish high-quality work? In this
volume, the third in a trilogy that includes "Going Public" and
"Lifetime Guarantees," Shelley provides a close-up look at the
subject that has meant the most to her. Her special insight and
discoveries will challenge all educators who are involved in
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