Teaching Writing - A voice from the trenches, for People, Parents and Teachers
August 10, 2012
In the Ideal World...Teaching like Homeschoolers
We should suspend the regular English curriculum for a semester and teach “Reading and Writing.” Every student would produce an essay each week and spend time at the teacher’s desk being edited. We would hire or train teachers to do what my first editors did: Cross out cute phrases, ask what I was trying to say, break overlong sentences into pieces, ask for specific examples, replace inactive verbs with active ones, and so on.