Great article from Metawriting – you can’t teach writing by PowerPoint….
You Can’t Teach the Writing Process: How to Make Writers by Showing Not Telling
After the Morehead Writing Project’s fifth annual Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference on Saturday, I sat down to review the feedback forms and was horrified by one teacher’s comment:
“I was really looking for ways to help me teach students the writing process. This was more geared toward being a writer.”
And I wish that teacher was in front of me so I could share this essential idea: you can’t teach the writing process. Well, of course you can, there are countless chapters and books and motivational posters and even apps and programs intended to do just that and there are even more professional development sessions to help teachers do just that. But I want to make one thing clear. Just because you teach it, doesn’t mean students will learn it.
Teaching the writing process does not make writers. Experiencing the writing process makes writers. That’s why National Writing Project events include so much writing. NWP teachers don’t teach the writing process. We live it. We model it. We write because we are writers and that is what we teach our students to be.