Notes from the Writing Consultant

While re-reading these articles in preparation to write a post for your consideration, I heard a podcast marking the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It revisited residents of the 9th Ward, the ward that was hardest hit, to see how the ward looked today. One...

A or B. 1 or 2. Why not C or 3?

As a teacher it is easy to get caught up in merely right or wrong. You either got the answer, or you didn’t. There simply is no in-between. No room for another option. No room for a possible second correct answer. And that, to me, is the rut that John Maguire is...

Words and Objects, Objects and Words

In Maguire’s “The Secret to Good Writing: It’s About Objects, Not Ideas”, he asserts that student writing is bad because it is too abstract. He makes an excellent point, but the generalization is unfair, because certainly not all student writing is bad. After all,...
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