Monday, May 22, 2006

Teacher Reaching Young Writers

Good teachers are often just too hard to find. Great teachers are exceptionally rare, but you remember each outstanding teacher you have ever had, right?

I just want to share this article about one incredible teacher here in the Atlanta area that is reaching her 8th graders about the importance of polished writing skills through technology--namely email.

How many emails have you received (just today) that you had to spend time asking for clarity? Exactly. Here's a teacher who is striving to make quality writers for any career they decide to pursue.

Oh and by the way... this amazing teacher is my mom.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Nancy said...

Sounds like you've got a great Mom!

I'm always shocked that people don't spell check.

Nancy

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 3:46:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Sisyphus said...

Finally, an educational program that takes a creative approach to a most creative endeavor! I'm always telling my children to throw out the overly structured comments from their writing teachers and create, "Words are your palette, the paper your canvas (or in this case, the screen), paint something beautiful." It sounds as though your mother is destined to be one of those teachers cited on numerous acknowledgment pages. Please thank her for us.

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 7:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Janice Lynn said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing, Julie!! Of course, I liked her already, then again, I'm biased. ;)

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 11:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mel Francis said...

That is phenomenal. I've spent the past year with 1 great teacher and 2 less than average teachers for my 6th grader. It's amazing how important it is to have 1 teacher who cares.

And by the way--my 7th grade English teacher is the person who I credit for cultivating my creativity. You're mother is very special and is touching a lot of lives.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 9:33:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Patrick McNamara said...

I think E-mails may be creating a new literacy the way letter writing did back before the telephone.

It's important to teach children how to write well, and it's nice to see that schools are recognizing the importance of e-mail correspondence. How one is viewed is often based upon how well one communicates, and writing a good e-mail is important in representing oneself well.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 11:28:00 AM EDT  
Blogger alau said...

That is such a great idea. I agree with Patrick in that I think that emails, blogs, and the internet are creating a whole new, more literate generation.

As a history teacher, I hope to use email to connect students to the wider world, as well as develop their writing skills.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 3:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jayojo said...

Thank you all for your support. A teacher touched my life, saved my life. So, my joy is touching the lives of others. I live by a quote I read years ago and sadly, cannot remember who penned it and it goes something like this: It's not what you do that people remember, it is how you make them feel. I strive to give the emerging teen a voice. When I provide avenues of voice, the kids respond with careful thought and feel pride in their accomplishments. This is very important during those middle years. So I have found my niche. And I love it. :)

Janice

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 7:24:00 PM EDT  

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