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Teachers of Many Disciplines Unite at the Oklahoma State University Writing Project's Summer Institute

Publication: OSU-Tulsa News
Date: August 4, 2016

Summary: The Oklahoma State University Writing Project's Summer Institute unites teachers across subject areas to become teacher-writers and teacher-leaders.

 

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Lynn Schroeder, director of special education and federal programs at Sequoyah Public Schools, said the institute helped broaden her understanding of how writing can be used throughout the educational platform.

'The exposure to writing was uncomfortable to me. As the class progressed, I became more comfortable with the task and will be incorporating writing in my daily practice,' she said.

Schroeder said the interaction with other teachers of various disciplines was also beneficial.

'Obviously, a teacher teaches. But before we are teachers, we need to be learners – learning from our students, learning about our profession and learning about ourselves,' said Kristy Hamilton, who teaches elementary school English Language Learners (ELL) at Union Public Schools. 'I was a self-proclaimed reluctant non-writer and I teach English Language Learners to write. Now, I am a writer. I now have a mindset of a writer and will take that to my classroom and my students.'"

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