on January 1, 2011
Harwayne's approach to teaching writing includes writing workshop, writers' notebooks, and a strong reading-writing connection. I love this book for the hundreds of specific, practical teaching suggestions; the numerous examples of real students' writing; the personal, authoritative voice. My students (elementary education majors) also love the book, but often feel that it's unrealistic--the students, teachers, and administrators are too perfect. Harwayne seems to assume readers have background knowledge of writing process and workshop, and as with most textbooks about writing instruction, this one gets repetitive. That said, it is an excellent resource for elementary school teachers (and their professors/instructors).
on May 12, 2002
Writing Through Childhood: Rethinking Process And Product by Shelley Harwayne (Co-Director, Teachers College Writing Project; Founding Principal, Manhattan New School; and Superintendent of District #2) challenges modern conceptions on how to best teach writing and writing workshops to children. Drawing upon her ten-year experience as the principal of a school, and someone who personally watched children grow as writers from kindergarten through sixth grade, Writing Through Childhood is filled cover to cover with memories, samples, astute observations, and serious, personal experience of helping children learn to express and improve themselves. A fascinating read and highly recommended for both writing teachers of grade-school children.