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Examining 4 Myths about Learning to Teach Writing

Journal of Staff Development Volume 27, Number 3, ISSN 0276-928X


There is no single program for improving student writing, but there are common elements of programs that help kids learn to write well. Likewise, there is no professional development program that provides all the skills and knowledge a teacher will need to improve student writing--and, ultimately, student learning--but there are common elements among the most effective programs. Before selecting a writing program, seminar, workshop, or other professional learning experience, leaders must look for components that successful programs share and that the research supports. Despite evidence, common myths abound about processes to improve writing. In this article, the author examines four myths about learning to teach writing: (1) you do not have to write; (2) you will not have to grade it; (3) writing does not take much class time; and (4) technology is the answer. The article then describes elements of a quality professional learning program that prepares teachers to improve students' writing.


Urquhart, V. (2006). Examining 4 Myths about Learning to Teach Writing. Journal of Staff Development, 27(3), 30-35. Retrieved July 23, 2019 from .

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