Teaching Writing Teachers of High School English & First-year Composition

Teaching Writing Teachers of High School English & First-year Composition

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What do writing teachers need to know? And what do they need to know how to do? Robert Tremmel and William Broz found that many of the answers to these questions revolve around a commonality of concerns and issues among high school teachers and teachers of the first-year college comp course. Yet the two levels of teachers are rarely thought of together, despite the fact that they share pedagogies with similar points of origin and content. This book changes that with a collection of essays assembling current, straightforward accounts of writing teacher education courses and programs at both the secondary and first-year college levels. These accounts in turn can serve as guides for program directors and professors in both venues for preparing beginning teachers of writing. Tremmel and Broz have another purpose as well: to open up discussion of the gap between these two levels of teacher education and writing instruction which have operated separately for twenty years or so. They argue that the needs of students, teachers, and teacher educators at both levels would be better served if first-year comp and secondary education were more closely aligned. In the Introduction, Tremmel gives a complete account to date of the history of writing teacher education in English education and first-year composition, demonstrating the natural and historic connections between these two levels of teacher preparation. Each chapter of the book contains an account of a contributing writer's specific course or program, which will be of particular benefit to professors and program directors in search of methodologies. In addition, these accounts detail management techniques, assignments, evaluation, and novel approaches that have proven effective in writing instruction. Writing teacher education is a curiously overlooked area in language arts and teacher education. And few, if any books, take on the issue of the relationship between writing teacher education (and, indirectly, the writing curriculum) at the secondary and university levels. With three recurring themes-writing practice, reflection, and mentoring new members of the profession-Tremmel, Broz, and hands-on practitioners make a solid case that high school and first-year comp teachers would benefit from more contact and more unified courses and programs.Where We Are A recent presentation at the Conference on College Composition and Communication by Stephen Wilhoit (2000) encapsulates ... and serves as a template for the kind of program I have been trying to sketch throughout this essay and that I would like writing teacher educators at ... The distance between school and university may not be so great as our bureaucratic structures make it seem.

Title:Teaching Writing Teachers of High School English & First-year Composition
Author:Robert Tremmel, William Broz
Publisher:Boynton/Cook - 2002


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