Five Myths About Teaching Writing


The rules of education always seem to be changing. Just when we learn how to do things, the way we are supposed to do them changes due to new research and methodology.

It’s hard to keep up.

This is especially true about writing instruction. Given that there is not much information about how to teach writing that is readily available (compared to reading and math instruction), it’s easy to get stuck in a rut that we may not even realize that we’re in. The result is that we keep teaching the same way we've always taught, even if there is a better way.

With that in mind, we wanted to share five myths about teaching writing -- ideas that may once have been true, but no longer are -- that you should be aware of: