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Coaching Teacher-Writers

Practical Steps to Nurture Professional Writing

Troy Hicks Anne Elrod Whitney James Fredricksen Leah Zuidema Patricia A. Edwards

192 pages
Teachers College Press
When teachers write, good things can happen; writing helps educators to better understand themselves, as well as students, parents, and colleagues. This practical book illustrates how to encourage, lead, and sustain teacher-writers, especially in group contexts. In contrast to guides on writing and teacher research, this book is designed for those who support teacher-writers, such as teacher educators and literacy coaches. The authors offer descriptions of key practices they have developed over years of coaching, teaching, and collaborating with K–12 teachers who write about classroom instruction, teacher research, or advocacy for better policy and pedagogy. Knowing firsthand just how hard writing can be for teachers, they provide a repertoire of strategies to elicit writing, to support teachers as they write, to find audiences for teachers’ work, and much more. This book offers clear guidance to coach teacher-writers to: Choose topics and shape ideas. Conquer insecurities and draw from their strengths. Establish authority with their audience. Navigate publishing, including choosing venues and working with editors. Find time and space to write and create the habits of writing daily. Respond to audience reaction to their writing. Reflect on their teaching and writing. Develop a voice and vision as a professional.
Author Bio
Troy Hicks is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University, director of the Chippewa River Writing Project, and author of the TCP collection Assessing Students' Digital Writing. Anne Elrod Whitney is an associate professor of language and literacy education at the Pennsylvania State University. James Fredricksen is an associate professor at Boise State University and codirector of the Boise State Writing Project. Leah Zuidema is associate provost and dean for curriculum and instruction at Dordt College.