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Summer 2016

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Article If I Knew Then What I Know Now Kathi Rhodus When I think about how I taught writing, I have feelings of regret. Frankly I would like a "do-over." I remember my first year of teaching. It was 1983 and I was ready to inspire and educate my eager students. For the younger readers out there, this was the age of overheads, filmstrips, and ditto machines. If we needed additional resources for our curriculum, we headed to a teacher store in a big city or ordered materials from teacher catalogs. We did not have access to the world wide web of resources! As I reflect back to my first year, I wish I had known then what I know now – especially when it comes to teaching writing. Teaching someone how to write well is a difficult task and one that happens with time, the knowledge of knowing where you want to go, and the plan to get there. I struggled with feeling confident while teaching how to write effectively. Confession is good for the soul; so I must confess that I did not know where I was going and I was not quite sure how I wanted to get there. What I did instead was make writing assignments, hoping students would just catch on. I made the assumption that my students had already been taught how to write – somewhere, somehow SUMMER 2016 | VOLUME 62 | NUMBER 2 | PAGE 60

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