• Jennifer Laffin

Re-Focusing on the Teacher-Writer


As 2021 begins, I wanted to share a BIG change in what you will see here on this Teach Write blog and in the work that Teach Write will do.



As you may know, I truly believe that teachers who write make the best teachers of writers. There is no way that you can know all of the nuances of helping students develop into writers unless you are a writer yourself. Reading books and following manuals is fine, but it is not enough.



We learn to teach writing by writing.



In the past, Teach Write has been equally dedicated to developing you as a teacher-writer AND as a teacher of writers.



I've shared lesson ideas, mentor text suggestions, and information that focused exclusively on teaching students how to write. While this information was (hopefully) helpful, I feel that it is not in line with how I truly believe we should learn to teach writing: by being writers ourselves.



To continue to dedicate space and energy to creating content that served those who were only looking for quick lesson ideas without any interest in growing as a writer themselves contradicts my core belief.



That is why I've decided to dedicate this space to exclusively address the needs of the teacher-writer.



So if you are looking for suggestions for mentor texts or mini-lessons or ideas that apply only to teaching students, you will have to look elsewhere. There are plenty of other resources out there in Internet Land to help the writing teacher, but this blog and the content we produce will no longer be one of them.



If you have no interest in becoming a teacher who writes, I'm sorry to tell you that this website and any content we produce probably won't be of much help to you anymore.




What will you find here now?


Now that Teach Write's focus will be exclusively on the teacher-writer, I'm excited to ramp things up and I've got BIG PLANS, including:


Opportunities to help you grow as a teacher-writer. These include announcements about the workshops we offer in the Teach Write Academy as well as writing challenges we offer from time to time.


Ideas for your writing. You'll find writing sparks to try out and other posts to keep you moving forward as a writer.


Mindset resets. I have been studying writing mindset and plan to start including blog posts to share what I've learned and how it applies to you as a teacher-writer.


A peek into my own journey with my writing. I want to be more transparent about my own writing. I've got big plans for 2021 and I need you to hold me accountable.


Connecting your roles as a writer and as a writing teacher. I want you to very clearly see that all of your own experiences as a writer can directly apply to how you teach writing and how you can be a role model for your students.




If you've made it to the bottom of this post, I hope that means that YOU are the person I will serve through the work I do here at Teach Write.



For that, I am extremely grateful.





Write on,








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