How To Be A Funky Writer

by Peter Smagorinsky When I began teaching high school English in the 1970s, we were encouraged to promote our students’ “syntactic maturity,” that is, long sentences with many component parts, designed to embed as many ideas as possible, a feature that indicated to teachers that the writers had a grasp of sentence structure, so much…

Co-Creating Confident Writing Classrooms: A Framework for Teachers

By Jen McConnel and Pamela Beach When we first set out to explore secondary teachers’ beliefs about teaching writing in Canada and the United States, our classrooms looked drastically different than the classrooms of 2020. The teachers who shared their insights and struggles with us were teaching face-to-face, using technology as it fit their pedagogical…