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Ohio University Appalachian Writing Project Develops Compassionate Teachers

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Nov 17, 2015
Posted by: benbates

In a weeklong workshop focused on the need to keep students engaged and encouraged with their writing, Ohio University Appalachian Writing Project Director Sherrie Gradin and Co-directors Don Dudding and Talinn Philips led a group of teachers who read Teaching for the Students: Habits of Heart, Mind, and Practice in the Engaged Classroom by Bob Fecho, engaged in informal writing and group discussions, and re-committed themselves to writing pedagogy attuned to expressive development, as opposed to test score improvement.  Participants expressed their frustration with demands for bureaucratic documentation and emphasized the role of compassion in teaching students to become better writers.