Sk taking This of course isn t good for developing students writers His recommendations which weave their way throughout the text are useful and challenging but not particularly new teach the writer cultivate authentic writing experiences focus on process rather product align pedagogy with personal beliefs values resist teaching and tools that standardize feedback emphasize growth not grades recognize that earning to write isn t a The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 linear process because writing is fundamentally about thinking and expressing ideas clearly and provide teachers with the resources they need to do this work wellUltimately this book reaffirmed much of what I already believe but it was nice to hear it again all in one place Yep I was nodding in agreement with each turn of the page I think Warner and I only deviate in opinion in one area school 8 years ago when my daughter s kindergarten principal said to me If you think you can do better I decided I could and have been homeschooling ever since Warner s philosophy on school is of a Sheryl Sandberg Lean In approach I get it Many of us mustean into this broken system so this is the best we can do However one bad teacher or one bad year especially
in K 12 can do so much damage to the confidence and competence of a student I d K 12 can do so much damage to the confidence and competence of a student I d someone with Warner s passion and expertise to offer advice to parents on how to navigate the broken system That aside there are some great writing exercises and reflections in the book that can be used for all ages I see myself trying them with both my 6th and 9th grader I would definitely recommend Why They Can t Write to my homeschooling community which often falls prey to the ease and promise of ineffective cookie cutter curriculum When given the freedom to educate children too many parents and teachers alike fall back on what they know rather than what s proven to be effective or folklore as Warner puts it I always felt that if teachers were given the mission to teach only one or two kids with their current class plans and curriculum everything they do would change They would realize how much time is wasted on nonsense and busywork instead of core reading and writing More than anything else students need the freedom and opportunity to read and write as much as "Possible With Mentors To Guide "with mentors to guide I picked up John Warner s book Why They Can t Write curious to see the shape of writing on the collegiate کاروان امید level Truth be told as a high school English teacher I was also seeking affirmation inieu of naysayers The five paragraph formula was jettisoned from my classroom many years ago because I began feeling a tension between what student writers need to کاروان امید: سرگذشت تری فاکس learn and why they need toearn it Those in favor of the five paragraph essay argue that students need structural support to The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... learn what an essayooks Tempting Faith Di Napoli like Warner gives a nod to this notion in his analogy about training wheels Sure student writersike children earning to ride a bike might benefit from rigid training wheels but eventually those training wheels start to wobble need ratcheting off When that happens we can expect falls bumps and bruises all natural parts of what it means to be a writer A writer gains their bearings when they experiment play and enter into a process of writing rather than a formula of writing If all student writers experience are formulas they come to believe that is writing Then they fail to see the work of a writer and understand their role in a process of writing As I read Warner s words I found myself nodding along as my beliefs about writing were strengthened He argues that if teachers are interested in helping students grow as writers it means reuiring students to take charge of their earning through being empowered to write about subjects of interest and expertise while also practicing self reflection and self regulation This is the work of writers in the real world p 183 Indeed Warner The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way lays out a philosophical framework that works to smooth out the transition from high school writing to freshman composition to writing across the disciplines It is a philosophy that focuses the attention on the work of a writer by helping students run their own brains as they stake claim to the identity of write. W the rules such as the five paragraph essay designed to help them pass these high stakes assessmentsIn Why They Can't Write Warner has crafted both a diagnosis for what ails us and a blueprint for fixing a broken system Combining current knowledge of what works in teaching andearning with the most enduring philosophies of classical education this book challenges readers to develop the skills attitudes knowledge and habits of mind of strong write.
"still waiting to be acknowledged in Why They Can t Write The five paragraph essay and other "waiting to be acknowledged in Why They Can t Write The five paragraph essay and other writing approaches are thriving on a surprising number of college campuses See What Is College Writing For by Ellen Andrews Knodt Some college instructors in first year writing classes reuire students to write paragraphs with a specific number of sentences with a specific purpose for each of those sentences I have seen college instructors mandate that students choose from a selection of sentence starters to begin each paragraph of a you guessed it five paragraph essay These practices are at east as debilitating in college as they are in high school So the college evel is not blameless in all of this If every college writing instructor taught ike Professor Warner expectations of what college ready high school writing ooks ike would be clear attainable and dynamic Until then Why They Can t Write suggests much for teachers to think about discuss and implement as we move toward solving the disconnect between high school and college writing instruction and instructorsThis review is also posted on my What s Not Wrong blog I wish I could award fractions of starsI would give this 3 12 or even 3 34 but I cannot give it a 4 While I agreed with the vast majority of the text minus the PB J assignment and telling education majors you feel sorry for them this book was not as solutions oriented as advertised I know there is a problem with standardized testing driving writing instruction So now what do I do about it About 10% of the book offered solutions and I did take a few things directly back to my classroom The bottom ine no matter how poorly they are compensated teaching in a public high school and teaching freshman comp are two very different beasts I will gladly read the seuel "THAT REALLY ANSWERS THE NOW WHAT "really answers the Now What I am still eft asking This book tackles a The Way of Women lot than teaching writing but at its heart is the call for teachers to do what research has taught us about guiding student writers I cannot wait to discuss it with teachers Because of the title I went into the book expecting Warner to dig into the 5 paragraph essay and to provide a series of recommendations for other ways to teach writing He does but his interests and his critiue are much broader than the title suggestsInstead Warner tackles the educational system and identifies numerous systemic problems of which the 5 paragraph essay is just one of many symptoms Standardized testing standardized instruction and an over reliance on technology an over emphasis on product and grading vs process and cultivating curiosity undercompensation for teachers and adjunct faculty and the precarious position financial insecurity food insecurityack of time and sleep of students and teachers alike result in a culture of schooling that breeds anxiety and a fear of ri. Ation assessments and accountability We have done no Warner argues than conditioned students to perform writing related simulations which pass temporary muster but do ittle to help students develop their writing abilities This style of teaching has made students passive and disengaged Worse yet it hasn't prepared them for writing in the college classroom Rather than making choices and thinking critically as writers must undergraduates simply follo. .
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"t kids write these days and answers it thoroughly and convincingly We re teaching them to write "kids write these days and answers it thoroughly and convincingly We re teaching them to write he argues and we need to stop doing that We is of course than just that mean sopho English teacher you had who hated you and made you feel bad about Prom It s than one school even It s a system that crushes individuality and thought in the name of conformity and nice sounding phrases ike college and career ready among other things It s a system The Dream of Water: A Memoir loaded with folklore about grading assignments and the way kidsearn that has absolutely nothing to do with the way kids earn
It S Gobbling Students Alives gobbling students alive it s destroying teacher autonomy as well It s a handy scapegoat for politicians and wonks in think tanks tasked with dreaming up explanations of kids these days when really what they want the system to do is to produce drones for future employment all while they bilk the country dry Warner walks through the paradigms of school and today s writing courses that do considerable damage His prose is readable and engaging but also sourced and informational many of his observations will strike veteran educators and citizens who have been following all this as old news but he still manages to make it urgent and timely The book closes with several observations about how he s managed to move past the onerous conditions of a college with a predictably ill funded first year composition program and concludes with a measured plea for further thought and study Teaching and earning is complicated context dependent and incredibly variable from one situation to another he remindstells us We have misplaced our faith in fads that promise solutions because to contemplate a world without solutions is too difficult to confront We have attempted to systematize things The Slammer: The Crisis In Canada's Prison System likeearning that are not systematic We have neglected the human capital the people who engage in the actual work of teaching The evidence is overwhelming that we have been wrong in the way we teach students to write and think but we shouldn t fall prey to thinking a simple course correction will ead to a solution That mentality is what got us into this situation in the first place So as usual the first step towards fixing the problem is understanding the problem That means making this book "Widely Available Not Just To Teachers Who Will Be Understandably "available not just to teachers who will be understandably and vexed at the airing of views they l see as strikingly obvious but to administrators politicians members of the community journalists and anyone else with skin in the game meaning everyone Warner joins a chorus of voices The Water in Between like Mike Rose Mark Edmundson Paulo Freire and Martha Nussbaum calling for a process based approach to education that celebrates thought and achievement over standardization and arbitrary top down yardsticks The real work as usual will be in the dissemination of these views and the slow agonizing march towards improvement Let s get to it I digested most of this book on a cross country flight moving from chapter to chapter nodding my head in agreement John Warner has written a book that will resonate with many veteran teachers whether of college It isn t often that you read a professional book that makes youaugh out The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World loud and has you shaking your head in agreement so often that it s awkward I wish my middle school and high school teachers had read this bookI wish I had read this book 24 years agoI wish we would have conversations in public education about this book I m trying to be diplomatic hereI m glad that this is an option for our 6 12 teachers for PD As someone who teaches in a writing intensive discipline at the collegeevel and who has taught writing seminars in the past I found myself nodding along with so much of what John Warner has to say here The billions that have been pumped into standardised testing private charter schools ed tech etc over the past thirty years or so haven t just been wasted they ve caused actual harm In this we are in absolute agreement I m also not the person who needs to read this book Why They Can t Write needs to find its way into the hands of the politicians who defund public education the college administrators who pay comprhetoric instructor. There seems to be widespread agreement that when it comes to the writing skills of college students we are in the midst of a crisis In Why They Can't Write John Warner who taught writing at the college A Rapariga que Lia as Estrelas level for two decades argues that the problem isn't caused by aack of rigor or smartphones or some generational character defect Instead he asserts we're teaching writing wrongWarner blames this on decades of educational reform rooted in standardiz.