A weekly blog about Teachers as Writers, a two-year research project offering teachers sustained opportunities to write and build co-mentoring relationships with professional writers in order to improve student outcomes.
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Is there time to write? 

By Teresa Cremin, Professor of Literacy in Education, The Open University  Schools are busy places, the timetable is jam packed, lessons are pacy, and time to breathe, ponder and think is at a premium. There is considerable pressure on teachers to cover the curriculum, demonstrate set objectives have been worked on and assess what has … Continue reading “Is there time to write? “

Call yourself a writer?

By Ian Eyres, Senior Lecturer, The Open University Mostly, it seems to me, that people don’t. Those who earn a living from writing are generally more than happy to claim the title, but others, including many who teach writing, even if they do a lot of writing themselves, prefer not to make that claim. They … Continue reading “Call yourself a writer?”

The Alan Booth method

Dr Anthony Wilson, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter I have been thinking a lot recently about Alan Booth, my English teacher from the ages of 11 to 13. He strode into the suburban prep school I attended, cigarette ash on his sleeve, dandruff on his collar, with a kind of defiant panache born out of the twin … Continue reading “The Alan Booth method”

Where’s your plan?

By Professor Debra Myhill, Director of the Centre for Research in Writing, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, The University of Exeter I remember my A level English Literature teacher well.  She bubbled with eccentricity, a non-standard teacher in a girls’ grammar school of very standard girls.  Like so many of my teachers, she was a spinster, but … Continue reading “Where’s your plan?”

Taking the author’s chair

By Lucy Oliver, Research Fellow, University of Exeter Amidst the hype and celebration of Booker Prize week we learn that Paul Beatty was told by his teacher to quit writing because he was no good at it. Not a recollection, one imagines, that has sustained him through his darker writing hours since. I wonder what … Continue reading “Taking the author’s chair”

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