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Why They Can't Write
Why They Can't Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities | John Warner
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Combining current knowledge of what works in teaching and learning with the most enduring philosophies of classical education, this book challenges readers to develop the skills, attitudes, knowledge, and habits of mind of strong writers.
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A great treatise on the problems in teaching writing today, but stops short of practical solutions.

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DebbieGrillo
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This book isn't just for writing teachers, but for all teachers and administrators who have ever questioned why students and/or teachers struggle. For me, it felt a little like he was preaching to the choir, but also validating my philosophies and practices. There were a few takeaways that will help me improve my practice as a teacher of writing. What more could I ask? #teachersoflitsy

Karisa My daughter has struggled with this too. She's had panic attacks over a paragraph. Seems like it's starting to get a little better this year, finally, in 10th grade. Her teacher also told them to turn in papers with pseudonyms on them for grading. After grading, the students reveal who wrote it for the score. She said that has really helped her write! 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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DebbieGrillo
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"Writing is thinking, and I have yet to meet a writer who thinks in sentences. To suggest we must know sentences before we start to write is a lie."

#truth #writing #teachersoflitsy

taraWritesSci Ah! I've wanted to read this book, and a quote like this is the exact reason why. 💛 4mo
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Shakespearience
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Well if I had known I was this close to being done I would have saved my last post for a review. Anyway, I really enjoyed this read and definitely expect my teaching to change because of it. If you are a teacher, I suggest getting this book! #bbrc #growup #nonfiction

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍💗💗💗 5mo
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Shakespearience
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John Warner is my new hero. My College English class is going to be very different next school year. 😎 #teachers #nonfiction

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Shakespearience
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“A world that suggests those years (between five and twenty two) are merely preparation for the real stuff, and the real stuff is almost entirely defined by your college and/or career, is an awfully impoverished place. Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, but neither is sleepless, stressed, and medicated.” p. 138, “Why School?”, Why They Can‘t Write, John Warner #teacher #vhsreads

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Shakespearience
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“But giving students time and space to think is a dangerous proposition when compliance is so valued. Thinking is both invisible and unknowable, and even ungovernable.” -p 53, “The Problem of Surveillance”, Why They Can‘t Write.

This chapter would make a great nonfiction pairing with 1984 and the whole Big Brother thing I believe. #teacher #nonfiction #bigbrother #students #education

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Shakespearience
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I may have skipped ahead a little in my reading...but still I wish this was something more policy makers realized. Just let me teach writing! #vhsreads #teachers