Writing in Education

The Art of Writing for Educators


Writing in Education: The Art of Writing for Educators focuses on educators’ professional journeys and discoveries about teaching, learning, writing, and self. This book offers insightful discussions about teaching practices, reflective writing, and digital and nondigital representations of meaning. It explores practical matters facing teachers and teacher candidates, such as communicating about one’s practice, writing beyond content and page, or conducting classroom observations and maintaining field notes. This volume is divided into three main parts, each of which spotlights a Featured Assignment that examines an area of writing in education. The sample student work that is highlighted in each chapter is designed to support teachers and teacher candidates as they consider the importance and forms of writing as professionals in the field, as well as the roles of writing in their own current or future classrooms.

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Elizabeth Chase, Ed.D., is Assistant Professor in the School of Education at St. John’s University. Her research explores teaching for social justice, gender and youth studies in education, and content knowledge development within teacher education.
Nancy P. Morabito, Ph.D., is Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Education at St. John’s University. Her research focuses on science teaching and learning, writing in science classrooms, and pre-service teacher development.
Sandra Schamroth Abrams, Ph.D., is Professor in the School of Education at St. John’s University. She researches adolescents’ meaning making practices in and across digital and nondigital spaces.
"A must-read for everyone interested in the teaching of writing, Chase, Morabito, and Abrams have written a text that speaks to teachers, teacher candidates, and teacher educators. This book invites an engagement in provocative strategies and tools that help teachers think through and practice multiple forms of writing—from deep reflection to multimodal exploration, to certification-based reporting, and communicating with various stakeholders. It is a meaningful and practical guide that brings a fresh perspective to the art of and craft of teaching writing in online and in-person classrooms." - Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, author of Love from the Vortex & Other Poems, Associate Professor, English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
"In Writing in Education: The Art of Writing for Educators, Chase, Morabito, and Abrams make the powerful—and too often neglected—argument that being a teacher requires being a writer. This book points the way for how teachers can do professional writing that benefits themselves and, more importantly, their students." - Michael W. Smith, Professor, College of Education and Human Development, Temple University
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List of Figures

Chapter 1: Introduction
 Part One: What We Noticed
 part Two: What We Did
 part Three: The Work That Resulted
 Concluding Thoughts

Chapter 2: Writing about Teaching and Learning
 Guiding Questions
 Developing Robust Writing
 Writing to Showcase Pedagogy
 Featured Assignment: Commenting on Teaching and Learning
 Concluding Thoughts: Writing about Teaching and Learning

Chapter 3: Expansive Writing beyond Content and Page
 Guiding Questions
 Writing beyond the ELA Lesson and Classroom
 Writing beyond the ABC’s
 Digital Storytelling for Examining Teaching and Learning Spaces
 Featured Assignment: Creating a Digital Story to Explore Writing across Contexts
 Concluding Thoughts: Writing Toward the Future

Chapter 4: Reflecting on Reflective Practices
 Guiding Questions
 Field Notes and Reflective Writing in Education
 Why Do I Even Need to Take Field Notes?
 Featured Assignment: Reflective Thinking about Future Practice
 Portfolios and Assessment
 Concluding Thoughts: Forward Thinking

Chapter 5: Conclusion
 Writing in Education: Extending beyond Expectation
 Extending beyond Expectation: Advocacy and Writing
 Extending beyond Expectation: Writing and the Classroom
 Extending beyond Expectation: Where to Go from Here
 Concluding Thoughts

About the Authors
Teachers, teacher candidates, teacher educators, administrators, and anyone interested in teaching, learning, and writing.