From Drilling and Testing to Discovering and Thinking: Finding the Heart of Writing in School

By Kristen Hawley Turner and Troy Hicks Arthur Applebee, a leading scholar in the field of writing instruction, shared some new research during his keynote at the Writing Research Across Borders III conference last week in Paris. Applebee and his colleagues have conducted two wide-scale studies — 30 years apart — about the state of…

Behind the Scenes

We are about to celebrate our “half” birthday!  Six months of publication of Writers Who Care has brought voices of parents, teachers, and professors together to advocate for authentic writing instruction.  But have you wondered how it all started? If you would like to know more about the beginnings of this blog, our purposes for…

Uncertainty as an Opportunity

By Jim Fredricksen My brother’s oldest daughter started high school this year. We live several states away from one another and early this school year my phone rang in the afternoon. It was my brother. “Can you help us? Her English teacher is asking her to write an introduction to an essay using a ‘delayed…