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Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing

The everyday experience of writing in people’s lives has expanded dramatically.

In February 2016, NCTE sunsetted the The Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing. These beliefs were revised and replaced by a new statement Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing.  These principles of writing include:

  • Writing grows out of many purposes.
  • Writing is embedded in complex social relationships and their appropriate languages.
  • Composing occurs in different modalities and technologies.
  • Conventions of finished and edited texts are an important dimension of the relationship between writers and readers.
  • Everyone has the capacity to write; writing can be taught; and teachers can help students become better writers.
  • Writing is a process.
  • Writing is a tool for thinking.
  • Writing has a complex relationship to talk.
  • Writing and reading are related.
  • Assessment of writing involves complex, informed, human judgment.

Over the next few weeks, we will dig deeper to share concrete illustrations of effective classroom practices based on the professional principles that guide effective teaching.