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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What are we learning?

By Becky Swain, Head of Learning and Participation at Arvon This week a teacher asked me, ‘what are you learning from this research?’ It reminded me that just as the teachers and writers and pupils in this research project have had space to reflect on writing, consult others and respond to feedback, it has also … Continue reading “What are we learning?”

Writing and teaching: ‘twin crafts’?

By Ian Eyres, Senior Lecturer, The Open University How is writing like teaching? The question came up in a Teachers as Writers research team meeting. Some of us felt quite strongly, at an intuitive level, that such a link does exist, that the two activities had something fundamental in common, but none of us could … Continue reading “Writing and teaching: ‘twin crafts’?”

On not writing

By Anthony Wilson, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter At the end of November last year I found myself announcing on my blog that I would be taking a rest from blogging for a bit. Until I typed them I had no idea that I was going to write those words. I was not following a plan. … Continue reading “On not writing”

Just Write

By Professor Debra Myhill, Director of the Centre for Research in Writing, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, The University of Exeter One of the themes that is very present in our Teachers as Writers data is what we have called Just Write.  This refers to points in the writing process when writers let the words and ideas have … Continue reading “Just Write”

Thinking outside the box

By Matt Bryden, poet and Writer Co-Mentor on the Teachers as Writers programme When my mother dropped me at Beckenham library each Monday before her weekly shop, I used to pore over the large colour pages of A Tolkien Bestiary. As she delayed over the fish fingers in Safeway, or calculated the potential of her … Continue reading “Thinking outside the box”

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