I nodded in agreement when I read a quote from Judith M. Hockman in an edweek.org Q&A
about the forthcoming book, The Writing Revolution,
which she co-authored with Natalie Wexler.
"We're very good at assigning writing," explains. "We're not very good at teaching kids how to write."
The Q&A author's, Liana Loewus, goes on to ask Hockman about the problems with the way we teach writing. Hockman's short answer is that we don't teach writing: We give self-centered writing assignments and teach grammar in isolation from writing. All of that aligned with what I've observed and what researchers like Steve Graham
have documented. What struck me as odd about Loewus's piece was that there was nothing about wri...