The National Writing Project
A teacher is a critically important role model for students. It’s said that a parent is a child’s first, best teacher but parents entrust to us the sacred obligation to carry the flame of learning through the school years.
Teachers sometimes “dispense” information but one of the most important ways learning happens and takes hold is when the role model – teacher or parent – demonstrates the importance of the lesson or task by engaging in it themselves. Tying a shoe, keeping things in their place, reading – or writing.
Donald Graves used to talk about this in his teacher workshops. Showing rather than just telling your students that writing, revising and editing can be hard work – but worth it – is a powerful teaching tool. Getting down in the trenches with your students can be uncomfortable, but showing vulnerability to the kids can pay dividends.