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Lawnmowers, Parties, and Writing Groups: What Teacher-Authors Have to Teach Us about Writing for Publication

By: Anne Elrod Whitney
Publication: English Journal
Date: 2012

Summary: Professor and NWP teacher-consultant Anne Elrod Whitney shares advice for potential authors writing for a professional audience gleaned from analysis of 10 years of articles in NCTE journals, and interviews with the the teacher-writers who authored them.

 

There are those in the educational conversation who would like to hear less from teachers, leaving deliberations about teaching and learning to "experts" outside the classroom. I hate to see them get their way. Instead, I imagine what is possible when we as a profession find ways to speak about and for ourselves. I hope we will continue the fine tradition of teachers writing in the past 100 years of English Journal, building a vision of English teaching and learning informed from within the classroom."

About the Author

ANNE ELROD WHITNEY is an assistant professor of education at Pennsylvania State University.

Copyright © 2012 by the National Council of Teachers of English. Used with permission.

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